MIDLANDS HIKING CLUB - FIXTURE LIST - 23 JAN TO END MAY 2005  
## Chance to practice & train for backpacking & trails etc at this venue ## - New or inexperienced members should train before attempting trails or harder cave outings.
DATE HIKE / AREA APPROX. GRADE LEADER & CONTACT APPROX.
    DISTANCE   DETAILS COST
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 Knuckles from the cave. 12km 3 Dave Sclanders - Tel 033 3865622 R30 pp
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   All spaces now booked Book early for 15-17 April 05
Sun 13 Feb 05 Cycle Ride - Have a cycle ride for a change - In Mondi Forests - Meet at Peel's Honey @ 08h00 20km 2+ Richard Leibnitz - Tel 033 3865010 No Charge
Tue 15 Feb 05 Social Evening at Hilton Hotel at 7-30pm - Bush & Bundu - Outdoor clothing/equipment presentation     Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 No Charge
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 - Contact Mark or Mary for more details. each day      
Sun 13 Mar 05 ##Swartkop - Day hike up Swartkop - Meet at Cedara College at 09h00 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 from Noel 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.        
Sun 3 Apr 05 ##Bisley Nature Reserve, PMB. Morning hike followed by social braai - Meet at the reserve at 08h30 8km 1-2 Selven Nyker - Tel 033 3304842 No charge
Sun 10 Apr 05 ##Karkloof Falls near Howick - Day hike - Meet at Karkloof Falls car parking/picnic area at 08h30 8-10km 2 Mark Nellist - Tel 033 3302703 No charge
Sat-Sun ##Drakensberg Gardens - Cottage weekend - Fully Equipped - Beautiful Area - Max 10 members 12 km 2-3 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 R50 pppn
16-17 Apr 05 Day hikes from cottage or simply unwind on the property (10 acres) - Option to include Fri night 15 Apr 05 each day   Book early to secure your place  
Tue 19 Apr 05 Social Evening at Hilton Hotel at 7-30pm - Slide presentation by Cesar - Overseas Mountaineering     Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 No charge
Sat-Mon ##Cobham - Camping Long Weekend - day hikes from campsite - chance to swim in the lovely streams 10km 2-3 Brian Henwood - Tel 033 3471126 R40pppn
30 Apr-2 May 05 ablution blocks with flush toilets & hot showers. Relax, Chill-out & socialise if you just want a rest. each day     includes entry fee & levies
Sun 8 May 05 ##Cumberland Nature Reserve - Morning hike followed by social braai - Meet at reserve at 08h30 8km 2 Graham Cullinan - Tel 033 3965514 R5 pp
Sun 15 May 05 ##Mondi Forest - Day Hike - Meet at Peel's Honey @ 08h00 - Bring lunch & water/juice etc 12 km 2 Richard Liebnitz -Tel 033 3865010 No charge
Tue 17 May 05 Social Evening at Hilton Hotel at 7-30pm - Slide presentation - Drakensberg Hikes     Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 No Charge
Sat-Sun ##Sani Pass - Weekend at Sani-Top - On Saturday hike slowly up the pass on an historical journey of       Approx. R80 pp backpacking
28-29 May 05 discovery, stopping to view points of historical interest. Overnight at the backpacking hut. On Sunday 8-10km 2-3 Dave Sclanders - Tel 033 3865622 hut & R40 camping
  morning hike to Hodgson's Peaks & return to Sani-Top for lunch (own lunch or enjoy the Chalet cooked each day   Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 will be confirmed in
  lunch) - have a rest then hike (or drive) back down the pass - (a club 4x4 can take gear up on the Sat).       March newsletter
  This will be very popular so please book & pay deposit early to secure your place.