MIDLANDS HIKING CLUB - FIXTURE LIST - JANUARY TO MAY 2004  
## Chance to practice & train for backpacking at this venue ##
DATE HIKE / AREA APPROX. GRADE LEADER & CONTACT APPROX.
    DISTANCE   DETAILS COST
Sun 25 Jan 04 ## Day Hike - Ferncliffe Nature Reserve - excellent hike for newer members 8km 2 Brian Henwood - Tel 033 3471126 No Charge
Sun 1 Feb 04 ## Day Hike - Cumberland Nature Reserve - excellent hike for newer members - social braai after hike 10km 2 Graham Cullinan Tel 033 3965514 R5pp entrance fee
Sat-Sun Backpacking to & overnight in McKenzies Caves - Mkhomazi area - very good for first time cavers but 8-10 km 3- Graham Cullinan Tel 033 3965514 R30 pp inc entrance & levies
7 & 8 Feb 04 still need to be reasonably fit. Maximum 12 hikers. each day      
Fri-Sun Make it a long weekend from Fri. aft. to Sun. - St Fort Hiking Trail - Clarens area - first night @ "Ruth's 10km 2 Bushy Kirby - Tel 033 2123071 R66 pppn
13-15 Feb 04 Base Camp Hut" & second night sleep in "Mike's Cave". - Contact Bushy asap to reserve your place. each day      
  Hut facilities - Bunk beds & mattresses, stove, fridge, pots, pan, elec. Kettle, lapa & braai, hot showers        
  & toilets. Cave facilities - mattresses, toilets, cold showers, braai, pot & kettle. each day      
Fri-Sun Have a relaxing long weekend at Lyndhurst - Fort Nottingham - leisurely walking or try a spot of fishing ? 6-8km 2 Mark Nellist - Tel 033 3302703 R50 pppn
20-22 Feb 04 Maximum 10 participants - contact Mark or Mary asap to secure your place each day   or Mary Clover - Tel 033 3435787  
Sun 29 Feb 04 ## Day Hike in the Karkloof area - more details later 10-12km 2 Mark Nellist - Tel 033 3302703 Details later
Fri-Sun Three days backpacking in Giants Castle area - first night in Giants Hut - second night in Bannerman 10,  21 & 3 Dave Sclanders - Tel 033 3867673 Good price of hut at R30pppn
5-7 Mar 04 Hut - an excellent 3-day hike - reasonable backpacking fitness required - plenty of time to get fit - max 8 10km      
Sun 7 Mar 04 Day Hike - Nhlosane "North Ridge" - Watershed to  Everglades Hotel - hiking fitness essential 15km 3+ Philip Grant - Tel 033 9971817 R10pp
  Meet at Boston Country Club @ 08h30 - bring lunch & water plus money for a drink at Everglades after        
Sat-Sun Backpacking to & overnight Gxalingenwa Cave - Cobham area - lovely hike - reasonable backpacking 12-14km 3 Warwick Keating-Tel 033 3432133 R30 pp inc entrance & levies
13-14 March 04 fitness required each day      
Tue 16 Mar 04 Social Evening @ Crossways @ 7-30pm - & wine tasting - please RSVP to Mary by 7 March     Mary Clover - Tel 033 3435787 R10pp
Fri-Mon Mkambathi Nature Reserve Lodge - Beautiful wild coastal spot to relax & unwind - maximum 12 people - short walks 2- Bushy Kirby - Tel 033 2123071 R55 pppn
19-22 Mar 04 lovely walks & chance to swim etc - *Note:- needs new leader for this venue to be confirmed.     *New leader to be confirmed  
Sun 28 Mar 04 ## Day Hike - Kamberg Mountain 10-12 km 2+ Iain Talbot - Tel 033 3471314 Details later
Sat-Sun ## Berg. Cottage weekend - adjacent to Drakensberg Gardens - Fully Equipped - Max 10 persons 12km 2-3 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 R50 pp
3-4 Apr 04 Day Hikes from cottage or simply unwind on the property (10 acres). Book early to secure your place. each day      
Fri-Mon ## Long "Easter" weekend - Camping & hiking at Highmoor - Book early to secure your place. 10-12km 2-3 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 R40 pppn
9-12 Apr 04 Lovely small campsite - day hikes from campsite - chance to see game & view Bushmen's paintings each day     inc entrance & levies
Sun 18 Apr 04 ## Day hike - Byrne Valley - more details later 10-12km 2 Bushy Kirby - Tel 033 2123071 Details later
Fri-Tue Long weekend (inc Freedom Day) at Mbotyi (sleeping in chalets or cottage). Beautiful coastal 10-15km 2-3 Mary Clover - Tel 033 3435787 +R60 pppn
23-27 Apr 04 spot - day hikes along coast & inland waterfalls etc. Book early to secure your place. each day     Mary will confirm later
Sun 2 May 04 Day Hike - Nhlosane "South Ridge" - Watershed to  Sitamani - hiking fitness essential 15km 3+ Philip Grant - Tel 033 9971817 R10pp
  Meet at Boston Country Club @ 08h30 - bring lunch,  water & refreshments for afterwards.        
Mon-Sun 5-day/5-night Whale Trail - De Hoop Nature Reserve - Fantastic Trail - Already fully booked but if you are 7-16km 3 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 R520 pp for trail plus
3-8 May 04 keen put your name on waiting list in case of any cancellations - first come first served. each day     R200 pp for porterage option
Sun 9 May 04 ## Day hike - Hilton area - more details later 10-12km 2 Mary Clover - Tel 033 3435787 Details later
Sat-Sun Camping & Hiking weekend at Lotheni - Day hikes from campsite - chance to see Bushmen's paintings 10-12km 2-3 Dave Sclanders - Tel 033 3867673 R48 pp
15-16 May 04   each day      
Tue 18 May 04 Social Evening @ Crossways @ 7-30pm     Mary Clover - Tel 033 3435787 No charge
Sat-Sun Camping & Hiking weekend at Weenen Game Reserve - short walks - good game viewing short walks 1-2 Warwick Keating-Tel 033 3432133 R38 pp
29-30 May 04 4x4 options available.