MIDLANDS HIKING CLUB - FIXTURE LIST - 28 MAY TO END JULY 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
Sat-Sun ##Sani Pass - Weekend at Sani-Top - On Saturday hike slowly up the pass on an historical journey of       Approx. R85 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 Backpacking Hut now
  lunch) -have a rest then hike (or drive) back down the pass-(a club 4x4 can take some gear up on the Sat).       fully booked by members -
  Fully booked - only camping spaces available.       only camping now available
Sat-Sun Balito - Join us camping - ideal winter venue - lovely site with good ablutions & hot showers - elec points,  short 1-2 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 R57.50pp - Pensioner R45pp
4-5 Jun 05 swimming pool, camp shop - walks along the beach, swim in the sea or just relax & socialise walks     Full payment reqd to confirm.
Sun 12 Jun 05 Umhlanga - Beach hike from La Lucia to Umhlanga & back - Meet at La Lucia Mall at 08h30 8 km 2 Graham Cullinan - Tel 033 3965514 No charge
Thur-Sun Giant's Castle - 4-days / 3 nights in the Drakensberg - Bannerman Hut > Centenary Hut > Cave > return. 50-60km   Dave Sclanders - Tel 033 3865622 R30 pppn
16-19 Jun 05 Please contact Dave as soon as possible if you are interested in this exceptional opportunity. over 3+   R90 for 3 nights
  Physical backpacking fitness is necessary. 4 days      
Tue 21 Jun 05 Social Evening at Hilton Hotel at 7-30pm - Slide presentation     Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 No Charge
Sun 26 Jun 05 ##Dargle Area - Day hike bring snacks/lunch and juice - optional lunch & drinks at Dargle Inn 10 km 2 Dave Sclanders - Tel 033 3865622 Only cost of optional lunch
Between Proposed Amadiba Adventure Trails (Mzamba to Mbotyi) - Wild Coast hiking at its best - guided and all Longest      
25 June & food provided - sleep in pre-erected tents or local village huts - please advise Keith if you are interested - day 20km 2-3 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 Cost approx R285 pppn
01-Jul-05 At this stage we are trying to determine interest/numbers of participants.       R1710 for 6 nights
  Note:  5 day hike or 4 day hike - will be decided by interest shown.      
Sat-Sun ##Drakensberg Gardens - Cottage weekend - Fully Equipped - Beautiful Area - Max 10 members 12 km 2-3 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 R50 pppn
9-10 Jul 05 Day hikes from cottage or simply unwind on the property (10 acres) - Option to include Fri night 8 Jul 05 each day   Book early to secure your place  
Tue 19 July 05 Social Evening at Hilton Hotel at 7-30pm - CHRISTMAS IN JULY DINNER & DANCE     Irene Dickin Tel 033 3470138 To be determined by Irene
  Please book your place asap & pay our Treasurer to confirm (Club to subsidise?)     Noel Harper Tel 033 3442237 Club to subsidise?
Camping/tenting week-end at Cathedral Peak Camp site, day walks in the area Day walks   Brian Henwood - Tel 033  347 1126 Brian to advise
Sat-Sun OR        
23-24 Jul 05 Caving week-end  at Cathedral Peak, overnight in Leopard Caves & visit Eland Cave, the cave with the        
  most paintings of any cave in the 'berg 29 km 3 Dave Sclanders - Tel 033 3865622 To be advised
Sun 31 July 05 Day hike to Cypress Cave in the Mkhomazi KZN Wildlife area - lunch at pools at cave.   Suitable for all. 10 km   Dave Sclanders - Tel 033 3865622  
ADVANCE NOTICES FOR FORTHCOMING EVENTS
Tue 16 Aug 05 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING & FINGER SUPPER - HILTON HOTEL AT 7-30 PM        
  PLEASE DIARISE - See separate note in this newsletter - Full details will be in July newsletter        
Fri-Tues Drakensberg 5-DAY Mini-Traverse - From Sentinel Parking to Cathedral Peak - This is an exceptional        
23-27 Sep 05 opportunity to experience the wildness & beauty of the Drakensberg at it's best - Very good backpacking 75 km 4+ Dave Sclanders - Tel 033 3865622 R 120
  fitness, stamina & determination is essential - numbers will be limited - Please contact Dave asap if you        
  wish to participate. Tents & all food etc have to be carried - good clothing/equipment is necessary.