MIDLANDS HIKING CLUB - FIXTURE LIST - 20 SEPTEMBER TO END DECEMBER 2005 - PLUS ADVANCE NOTICES FOR 2006    
## 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
Tue 20 Sep 05 Social Evening at Hilton Hotel at 7-30pm - New Drakensberg slide presentation by Dave Sclanders.     Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 No charge
Fri-Tue Drakensberg 5-Day Mini-Traverse - Sentinel to Mnweni area & return - for serious & fit backpackers   60km 4 Dave Sclanders - Tel 033 3865622 Dave will advise participants
23-27 Sep 05 (Carry tents etc). - Advertised previously & now fully booked - Dave will provide more details to participants.      
Sun ##Mid Illovo - Day Hike in Gwahumbe Private Game Reserve - 3000 ha of riverine forest, valley bushveld, 10km 2 Bushy Kirby - Tel 033 2123071 R20 entry fee
25-Sep-05 plateau grasslands & majestic cliff faces - loads of game & birds - 45 min from PMB     Please support this new day hike  
Fri-Sun ##Highmoor area - "Mountain Shadows" (near Glen Garry) - Cottage / Huts accommodation - very good 8-12km  2 - 3 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 R60 pppn Cottage &
14-16 Oct 05 facilities - day hikes from Cottage -Please book early to reserve place-First come & paid first served. each day   Book early to secure your place R50 pppn Huts - R35 camping
Tue Social Evening at Hilton Hotel at 7-30pm - Slide presentation by Keith Ashton - Namibia & en-route inc.        
18-Oct-05 Willem Pretorious Game Res, Kimberley & the "Big Hole", Augrabies, Hoba Meteorite (largest in the world),     Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 No Charge
  Etosha, Swakopmund, Sesriem/Sossusvlei, Luderitz & Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Fish River Canyon etc.        
Sun 23 Oct 05 Boston - Nhlosane - Long day hike from Philip's house "Sitamani" to Everglades & return - fitness essential 25km 3+ Philip Grant - Tel 033 9971817 R 10
Sun 30 Oct 05 ##Karkloof - Day hike in the Karkloof area - more details from Mark Nellist 10km 2 Mark Nellist - Tel 033 3302703 Mark will advise
Sat-Sun ## Drakensberg Gardens - Cottage weekend - Fully Equipped - Beautiful Area - Max 10 members 12 km 2-3 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 R50 per person per night
5-6 Nov 05 Day hikes from cottage or simply unwind on the property (10 acres) - Option to include Fri night 4 Nov 05 each day   Book early to secure your place for members
Sun 6 Nov 05 ##Boston - Day hike - "Paddy's Walk"- Netherby to Boston View Farm - Wonderful views of Midlands & Berg. 12km 2-3 Philip Grant - Tel 033 9971817 R 10
Sun ##Kamberg - Day hike & guided tour to "Game Pass Shelter" - The "Rosetta Stone" of Bushman rock art - 6-8km 2 Allison Gunning - Tel 033 3471364 R35 inc guided tour of
13-Nov-05 afterwards have a picnic & a swim in the lovely pools in the area. - A well worthwhile & interesting day.       the cave
Tue Social Evening at Hilton Hotel at 7-30pm - 2005 GRAND TRAVERSE Audio/Visual Slide Presentation     Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 No charge
15-Nov-05 This "Drakensberg Ultimate Mountain Challenge" is a must see presentation - Snacks will be provided        
Sun 20 Nov 05 ##Howick area - Day hike - Howick Meander including lovely river walk - more details from Aris 8-10km 2 Aris Hofland - Tel 033 3307053 Aris will confirm
Fri-Sun ##Monk's Cowl - Mary Clover's Cottage "Makulumane"-Champagne Castle/Monks Cowl area set high 10 km  2 - 3 Mary Clover - Tel 033 3302703 R50 per person per night
25-27 Nov 05 above the Drakensberg Boys Choir - comfortable accommodation in lovely setting - day hikes from cottage. each day   Book early to secure your place for members
Sun 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
04-Dec-05 great fun day with competitions, prizes & Father Christmas etc. - See full details in newsletters.     or Mary Clover - Cell 083 700 6199 gifts as indicated in newsletters
Sun 11 Dec 05 ##Howick - Day hike in Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve - lovely area & views - plenty of game & birds to see 8-10km 2 Selven Nyker - 033 3304842 R10 entry & parking
Fri-Sun Highmoor - Have a different experience - Backpack to & pre-celebrate New Year in Aasvoelkranz Cave 10-12 km     R30 pppn
16 - 18 Dec 05 Excellent easy venue for new backpackers or cavers - day hikes from cave - game & Bushmen's paintings each day 2+ Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 includes entry fee & levies
  Bring your favourite drinks & goodies for celebration in the fairy grotto cave - Lovely stream & pool to swim.        
ADVANCE NOTICES - TRAIL POSSIBILITIES FOR 2006 - FISH RIVER CANYON DEFINITE - OTHERS TO ASSESS INTEREST FIRST 
25 Jun - 4 July NAMIBIA - Fish River Canyon - 5-day Backpacking Trail - An experience not to be missed 85km  3 - 4 Allison Gunning - Tel 033 3471364 Trail R100pp + R120 road tax +
2006 inc travel Minimum 3 to maximum 40 persons - select your own sleeping spots in the open near the Fish River       before & after accommodation
July - Aug 06 NAMIBIA - Naukluft - 8-day Backpacking Trail in the Naukluft Mountains - Backpacking fitness required 120km 4 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 Trail Cost R100 + Before &
  Minimum 3 to maximum 12 persons - sleep on the floor in part open-walled shelters.       after accommodation etc
May 2006 WILD COAST - Amadiba Adventure Trails - Max 12 persons - sleep in pre-erected tents & huts 57km or 3 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 R1160 - 4days - inc meals etc
  Inc. guides, meals & bedding. Several options available but need committed participants before finalising 66km     R1710 - 6-days - inc meals etc
  SABIE - MPUMALANGA - Fanie Botha Hiking Trail - 3-day/3night Maritzbos circular route option 41km 3+ Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 To be advised
**Somewhere Maximum 30 persons  sleep in huts with bunk beds, toilets & showers - See "Lone Creek Falls", "Cathedral        
between Falls", Chockstone Falls" & "Blyde Falls"etc.        
24 Mar - 18 Apr SABIE/GRASKOP - MPUMALANGA - Blyderivierspoort Hiking Trail - 4/5 day linear backpacking trails        
2006 Min. 2 to max. 30 persons - Features include "God's Window" with fantastic views, "Bourke's Luck Potholes", 65km 3 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 To be advised
  & "Blyde River Canyon", one of Southern Africa's greatest natural wonders. Trail huts inc bunks & mattresses        
  water, showers, flush toilets, fireplaces, firewood & refuse bins.        
** As it is a fairly long drive to the Sabie area it is possible to do either or both trails plus some other sightseeing in the area to make the trip worthwhile.