MIDLANDS HIKING CLUB - FIXTURE LIST - 21 NOV 2009 TO END MAR 2010
## Chance to practice & train for backpacking & trails etc at this venue ## - New or inexperienced members should train before attempting trails or harder cave outings etc.
DATE HIKE / AREA APPROX. GRADE LEADER & CONTACT APPROX.
    DISTANCE   DETAILS COST
Sat - Sun Injasuti - Backpacking hike to & overnight in Wonder Valley Cave - good venue for less experienced backpackers - 10-12km 3 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 R40 pp
21-22 Nov 09 lovely pool for swimming & stream for water close by. each day      
Sun 29 Nov 09 ##Mkhomazi - Day hike to Cyprus Cave - easy hike to cave in this lovely less visited reserve - bring swimming gear to swim in lovely pools next to cave 8 - 10km 2 Allison Gunning - Tel 033 347 1364 R 25
Sun 6 Dec 09 CHRISTMAS PARTY - PLEASE DIARISE & DO YOUR BEST TO ATTEND - Venue - St Mathew's Church Hall, 115 Hesketh Drive - PMB See full details in the November newsletter.  
Fri - Sun ## Drakensberg Gardens - Cottage weekend - Fully equipped & very comfortable - Beautiful Area in the heart of the mountains - Max 10 members 10-15km 2 - 3 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 R140 total per person (R70 pppn)
11-13 Dec 09 Day hikes from cottage or simply unwind on the property (10 acres). Please book early to reserve your place each day     for Fri & Sat nights for members
Thur - Sat Highmoor - Your chance to celebrate New Year's Eve (& N.Y. Day) in Aasvoelkrans Cave with Keith & Margaret - Ideal for first time backpackers to cave 10-15km 2 - 3 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 R80 for the 2 nights
31 Dec - 2 Jan 10 Short backpacking hike to the cave, then explorations of the area from the cave - lovely pool - bring all your goodies - Fairy Grotto evening experience each day   Book with Keith asap - Max 12 including entry fee
Sun 3 Jan 10 ##Byrne area - Day hike from Minerva Heights farmhouse. Hike through grasslands, indigenous forest & plantations. Approx 6hrs over 12km 3 Dave Tighe - Tel 031 4649033 R 10
  rough terrain. Meet Dave at Byrne Church adjacent to turn off to Oaks Hotel @ 08h00 - Advise Dave of your participation by previous Wed.     Cell 076 028 0708  
Sat - Sun Bushman's Nek - Backpacking to & overnighting in Whytes Cave (very comfortable cave - pool very close) - visit Painters Cave & White Horse Cave 12 km 3 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 R40 pp
16-17 Jan 10 en-route. Return via Langalibalele Cave on Sunday - So chance to visit 4 caves & view lovely Bushman's paintings etc each day      
Tue 19 Jan 10 Social Evening - Presentation by Eduard Goosen (Conservation Manager Northern Drakensberg) - KZN Wildlife - "Leave no trace" tea/coffee from 7-00pm Dave Sclanders - Tel 033 2395013 No charge
Sun 24 Jan 10 ##Kamberg - Day hike in this beautiful area alongside streams & visit very good rock art site - lovely swimming spots in stream 10-12 km 2 Allison Gunning - Tel 033 347 1364 Entry fee R28
Sat - Sun ##Royal Natal National Park - Camping weekend at Mahai Campsite - Excellent campsite & facilities - day hikes from the campsite & socialise 10-12 km 2 Mark Nellist or Mary Camp sites with elec plug points R85 pp
30-31 Jan 10 in the evening - also chance to swim in streams - Contact Mark or Mary asap as campsites have to be reserved. each day   Mark Cell: 082 826 2526 Camp sites without elec R75 pp
        Tel 033 343 2012 - Cell 083 700 6199  
Sun 7 Feb 10 ## Richmond area - New Day Hike at Hella-Hella - Highover Nature Reserve - Explore with entertaining leader Bushy 12 km 2+ Bushy Kirby - Tel 033 2123071 R20 day entry fee
Fri - Sun ## Drakensberg Gardens - Cottage weekend - Fully equipped & very comfortable - Beautiful Area in the heart of the mountains - Max 10 members 10-15km 2 - 3 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 R140 total per person (R70 pppn)
12-14 Feb 10 Day hikes from cottage or simply unwind on the property (10 acres). Please book early to reserve your place each day     for Fri & Sat nights for members
Sun 14 Feb 10 ##Byrne area - Circular day hike from Enon Cottage - Route combines open grassland & indigenous forest. Approx 6hrs over rough terrain. 12km 3 Dave Tighe - Tel 031 464 9033 R 10
  Physical fitness advisable. Meet leader at the R56 turn off to Richmond at 08h30 but contact Dave about your participation. Braai facilities available     Cell 076 028 0708  
Sat 20 Feb 10 ##PMB - Day hike from Ferncliffe Nature Reserve to Otto's Bluff - Spectacular views of the City & Albert Falls Dam - New hike so join Brian's adventure. 17km 3 Brian Henwood - Tel 033 347 1126 No charge
Note Saturday Meet at the reserve at the top of Townbush Road at 07h30 but please contact Brian if you wish to join the hike - Bring enough water/juice & lunch etc     Cell 082 655 6359  
Sat - Sun Bushman's Nek - Backpacking to & overnighting in Tarn Cave - lovely hike to cave & fantastic views from the cave of Devil's Knuckles etc especially at 12km 3 Allison Gunning - Tel 033 347 1364 R40 pp
27-28 Feb 10 Sunrise - Magnificent rock formations in the area - return to base on Sunday by different route & swim in Cedrick's Pool. each day      
Sun 7 Mar 10 ##Richmond area - Day hike in Umkomaas Valley along game paths - quite a while since we were in this area so come along 10-12 km 2 Bushy Kirby - Tel 033 2123071 R20 - Bushy will confirm
Sat - Sun ##Injasuti - Camping weekend - this is a lovely area to camp with great views. Day hikes from the camp site & socialise in the evening. 10-12km 2 Kevin Knox-Davies R70 pp
13-14 Mar 10 Just chill out if you wish & get some swimming done. Join Kevin on his first leading event for the club. each day   Tel 033 2395262 - Cell 084 510 5702  
Tue 16 Mar 10 Social Evening - Presentation about the Camino Trail in Spain by . tea/coffee from 7-00pm Allison Gunning - Tel 033 347 1364 No charge
Fri-Mon DRAKENSBERG - GIANT'S CUP TRAIL - Last 4 days of the trail from Cobham to Bushman's Nek - As Monday is a Public Holiday you only need to 12km 3 John Fourie R70pppn
19-22 March take one day off work to complete this magnificent trail - sleep in Mzimkhulwana, Winterhoek, & Swiman Huts - bunk beds & mattresses + water each day     Total R210 for 3 nights + transport
Sun 28 Mar 10 Day hike - Details will be in January 2010 newsletter     Details in Jan 2010 newsletter Details in Jan 2010 newsletter
Advance Notice: Mkambati Nature Reserve: Bushy intends to book long weekend here sometime between April and June - Phone Bushy if interested and indicate what month preferred. (Bushy 033 212 3071)
Cycle : Rhodes to Port Elizabeth from 27th March - 8 days cycling - Contact Allison for details Tel: 033 347 1364
SOCIALS VENUE : As usual all socials are held in the Church of the Ascension Hall starting at 7-30pm with tea / coffee available from 7-00pm & time to socialise - plenty of room for parking next to the hall, accessed from Brindy Road, Hilton.
PLEASE READ THE NOTES BELOW:- (these appear on all fixture lists & should be noted by all members)
Grading of hikes etc
1. Very easy trip - please inform the leader to confirm your participation by the Wednesday prior to the hike.
2. Easy trip - please inform the leader to confirm your participation by the Wednesday prior to the hike.
3. Moderate trip - Physical fitness advisable - If an overnight trip, camping or in a cave etc please inform the leader of your participation at least 2 to 3 weeks in advance as bookings have to be made.
4. Strenuous trip - Physical fitness essential - If an overnight trip, camping or in a cave etc please inform the leader of your participation at least 2 to 3 weeks in advance as bookings have to be made.
5. Very strenuous trip - A high degree of physical fitness essential - Normally an overnight trip so please inform the leader of your participation at least 2 to 3 weeks in advance as bookings have to be made.
Multi-day trails - Please inform the leader of your participation as soon as possible after posting in the fixture lists as bookings have to be made well in advance.
Please note that the leaders have the prerogative to make a decision not to include a member/s if they have doubts about their physical fitness or do not have adequate gear etc for a particular hike.
Please advise the leader of any medical condition prior to any hike & carry the necessary medication - Due to recent legislation all hikers to carry their own medical kit.