MIDLANDS HIKING CLUB - FIXTURE LIST - 20 NOVEMBER 2004 TO END MARCH 2005  
## Chance to practice & train for backpacking at this venue ##
DATE HIKE / AREA APPROX. GRADE LEADER & CONTACT APPROX.
    DISTANCE   DETAILS COST
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 Durban - Treasure Beach Moonlight Walk - Meet at Treasure Beach at about 6-30pm - Braai at 7-00pm 5 km 1 Bushy Kirby - Tel  033 2123071 R22 per adult
27-Nov-04 Guided Beach Walk starts 8-00pm - Slow, easy & very interesting ramble along the shore, rocks & pools.      Please book your place asap R15 per child under 12
  Bring meat, salads etc, drinks, plates & cutlery for the braai. Have a good torch & shoes for rocks & pools        
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 No charge - just bring small
  great fun day with competitions etc. - See full details in November newsletter.     or Mary Clover - Cell 083 700 6199 gifts as indicated in newsletter
Sat - Sun ##Kamberg - Stillerust Cottage. Reasonably well equipped rustic accommodation 8km from main camp.  10-12 km 2+ Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 R87 pp
11-12 Dec 04 Flush toilets, hot bath/shower, cooking facilities, fridge, linen, gas lamps etc provided. Lovely quiet spot - each day   Please book your place asap includes entry fee & levies
  day hikes from cottage - chance to see game & Busmen's paintings - numbers limited to 8 - Book asap        
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
Sat-Sun Injasuti - Hike to & overnight in Marble Baths Cave - Beautiful area - chance to swin in marble baths 10-12km 2+ Graham Cullinan - Tel 033 3965514 R30 pp
8-9 Jan 05 Good venue for first time backpackers or cave experience. Don't forget your swimming costumes. each day     includes entry fee & levies
Tue 11 Jan 05 Committee & Leaders Meeting at Hilton Hotel at 7-00pm - Please confirm attendance to Keith Ashton     Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763  
Sun 16 Jan 05 Boston - Manzimnyama Stream, gorge & waterfall (from John Black's Farm) - Meet at Boston Country 10km 2-3 Philip Grant - Tel 033 9971817 R 10
  Club at 09h00 - Bring lunch, drinks & swimming costumes.     Cell - 082 417 9163  
Tue 18 Jan 05 Social Evening at Hilton Hotel at 7-30pm - Dave Sclanders Conventional Slide Presentation &      Dave Sclanders - Tel 033 3865622 No charge
  Keith Ashton's Digital Slide Presentation on the Drakensberg 5-Day Mini-Traverse - Seeing is believing     Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763  
Sun 23 Jan 05 Kamberg - Day hike to & swimming in "Roman Baths" - optional further hike to Bushmen's paintings etc 8-10km 2 Mary Clover - Tel 033 3302703 Day Entry Fee R20
Sat-Sun Bushmen's Nek - Hike to & overnight in Tarn Cave - See the sunrise on Devil's Knukles from the cave. 12km 3 Dave Sclanders - Tel 033 3865622 R30pp
29-30 Jan 05 Lovely swimming spots. each day     includes entry fee & levies
Sat-Sun ##Drakensberg Gardens - Cottage weekend - Fully Equipped - Beautiful Area - Max 10 members 12 km 2-3 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 R50 pppn
5-6 Feb 05 Day hikes from cottage or simply unwind on the property (10 acres) - Option to include Fri night 4 Feb 05 each day   Book early to secure your place  
Sun 13 Feb 05 Cycle Ride - Have a cycle ride for a change - In Mondi Forests - More details from Richard Leibnitz 20km 2+ Richard Leibnitz - Tel 033 3865010  
Tue 15 Feb 05 Social Evening at Hilton Hotel at 7-30pm - More details in January newsletter     Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763  
Sat-Sun Estcourt Area - Camping weekend at Wagendrift Dam Nature Reserve - Day hikes in Moor Park Nature 8-12km 2 Brian Henwood - Tel 033 3471126 R45pp
19-20 Feb 05 Reserve - Exploring around the dam & dam wall etc - relax & bring swimming costumes each day     includes entry fee & levies
Sun 27 Feb 05 Pietermaritzburg - Day hike in Ferncliffe Nature Reserve - Lovely indigenous forest - Visit Bat Cave 10km 2 Brian Henwood - Tel 033 3471126 No charge
Sat-Sun Karkloof - Weekend at Demagdenberg Hut - Exploring each day from the hut - Limited space so please 10km 2 Mark Nellist - Tel 033 3302703 To be confirmed by Mark
5-6 Mar 05 book early to secure your place - More details will be in January 05 newsletter each day      
Sun 13 Mar 05 Swartkop - Day hike up Swartkop - More details will be in January 05 newsletter 10km 2 Graham Cullinan - Tel 033 3965514 To be confirmed by Graham
Tue 15 Mar 05 Social Evening at Hilton Hotel at 7-30pm - Slide presentation by Dave Sclanders on the 6-day     Dave Sclanders - Tel 033 3865622 No charge
  Amatola Trail near Hogsback.        
Sun 20 Mar 05 Hilton - Day hike on trails in Hilton College property - More details will be in January 05 newsletter 10km 2 Noel Harper - Tel 033 3442237 To be confirmed by Noel
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 showers. & 12 km      
  All 16 reserved places have been taken. Please contact Keith if you wish to be on waiting list in case of        
  any cancellations.