MIDLANDS HIKING CLUB - FIXTURE LIST - 24 SEPTEMBER TO END DECEMBER 2004  
## Chance to practice & train for backpacking at this venue ##
DATE HIKE / AREA APPROX. GRADE LEADER & CONTACT APPROX.
    DISTANCE   DETAILS COST
Fri - Sun #"Vergezient" Mountain Retreat & Trails - Near Oliviers Hoek Pass - Comfortable accommodation in Short 5km 1-2 Bushy Kirby - Tel  033 2123071  
24-26 Sep 04 Zondertwyfel Barn House which offers hikers a cosy stay regardless of weather conditions. Complete with     R75 pppn
(Long weekend) comfortable mattresses, woodburning stoves, braais, gas rings, hot showers & flush toilets, fridge, Longer   Note:- Bushy had knee operation. (R150 pp for Fri & Sat nights)
  dining areas with tables & benches. Magnificent Berg panorama over 100km long. Wonderful long & short 14 km 2-3  Keith Ashton will now lead hikes.  
  hikes to suit every taste & fitness level. Book asap to secure your place.     Speedy recovery to Bushy  
Sun 3 Oct 04 ##Cumberland Nature Reserve - Day Hike followed by social braai - bring meat & drinks etc 8-10 km 2 Graham Cullinan Tel 033 3965514 R5 pp
Sat-Sun Injasuti - Hike to & overnight in Lower Injasuti Cave - Ideal venue for first time backpackers & hikers 8 km 2+ Warwick Keating-Tel 033 3432133 R30 pp
9-10 Oct 04 wanting to experience sleeping in a cave for the first time. each day      
Sun 17 Oct 04 ##Howick - Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve - Day hike - Meet at the reserve office at 08h30 10 km 2 Selven Nyker - Tel 033 3304842 R9 pp
Tue 19 Oct 04 Social Evening - Hilton Hotel @ 7-30 pm     Keith Ashton Tel 033 3303763 No Charge
  Mountain Backpackers 2004 Drakensberg Grand Traverse Slide Presentation with music by Paul Hone     or Irene Dickin Tel 033 3470138  
Sat-Sun ##Drakensberg Gardens - Cottage weekend - Fully Equipped - Beautiful Area - Max 10 members 12 km 2-3 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 R50 pppn
23-24 Oct 04 Day hikes from cottage or simply unwind on the property (10 acres) - Option to include Fri night 22 Oct. each day      
Fri-Sun Fort Nottingham - Have a relaxing long weekend at Lyndhurst - leisurely walking or try a spot of fishing   6-8km 2 Mark Nellist - Tel 033 3302703 R50 pppn
22-24 Oct 04 on large dam. Maximum 12 members - contact Mark or Mary asap to secure your place at the cottage. each day   or Mary Clover - Cell 083 700 6199  
Sun 31 Oct 04 ##Kamberg - Day hike up Kamberg Mountain - bring lunch & juice etc. 10 km 2+ Iain Talbot - Tel 033 3471314 Check with Iain
Tues 2 Nov 04 LEADERS /  COMMITTEE MEETING at 19h00 Hilton Hotel        
Sun 7 Nov 04 ##Bulwer - Climb Bulwer Mountain - return via contour. 12 km 2+ Philip Grant - Tel 033 9971817 R10 pp
Sun 14 Nov 04 ## Howick Meander - Meet at the Ashton's Place & return for tea & cakes afterwards 10 km 2 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 Small charge for gorge
Tue 16 Nov 04 Social Evening - Hilton Hotel @ 7-30 pm - Slide Presentation on Dragonflies by     Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 No Charge
Sat-Sun Cobham - Hike to & overnight in Gxalingenwa Cave or alternatively camp & do day hikes from Camp Site 14 km/day 3 Dave Sclanders - Tel 033 3865622 Cave R30 pp
20-21 Nov 04 Dave Sclanders will lead the cave hike & Brian Henwood will take the day hikes or 10 km 2 Brian Henwood - Tel 033 3471126 Camping R40 pp
Sat-Sun Durban Area - Treasure Beach Moonlight Walk 8 km 2 Bushy Kirby - Tel  033 2123071 Check with Bushy
27-28 Nov 04                        More details later        
Sat 4 Dec 04 CHRISTMAS PARTY - At Mark Nellist's Farm Karkloof - Please diarise, as this promises to be a     Mark Nellist - Tel 033 3302703 Members R15 pp
  great fun day with competitions etc. - Full details will be in November newsletter.     or Mary Clover - Cell 083 700 6199 Non-members R20 pp
Sat - Sun #Kamberg - Stillerust Cottage - Reasonably well equipped rustic accommodation - Please book early  10-12 km 2+ Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 R87 pp
11-12 Dec 04 to secure your place (limited numbers) - Day hikes from cottage each day     includes entry fee & levies
Fri-Sun Highmoor - Have a different experience - Backpack to & celebrate New Year's Eve in Aasvoelkranz Cave 10-12 km 2+ Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 R30 pppn
31 Dec - 2 Jan Excellent venue for new backpackers or cavers - day hikes from cave - game & Bushmen's paintings each day     includes entry fee & levies
ADVANCE NOTICE - FOR 2005
Good Friday to Giants Cup Trail - 5-days, 4-nights - Easter 2005 - The great Drakensberg Trail from Sani Pass to 13.3, 9,      
Tuesday Bushman's Nek - Staying overnight in Pholela, Mzimkhulwana, Winterhoek & Swiman Huts. Tot. distance  12.2, 12.8 3 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 Trail Cost R260.00 pp
25-29 Mar 2005 about 60 km. Each hut has bunk beds & mattresses, benches, tables, flush toilets & cold water. & 12 km      
  As details were sent by e-mail to members with the facility, all 12 reserved places have been taken.        
  Please contact Keith urgently if you wish to participate to enable him to try to reserve more places -        
  up-front payment of R260.00 is necessary to confirm reservation - numbers are limited & members only.