MIDLANDS HIKING CLUB - FIXTURE LIST - 20 NOVEMBER 2005 TO END FEBRUARY 2006 - 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
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.        
Sat-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
14-15 Jan 06 above the Drakensberg Boys Choir - comfortable accommodation in lovely setting - day hikes from cottage. each day   Book early to secure your place for members
Tue Social Evening - Hilton Hotel @ 7-30pm - Slide presentation on touring Rwanda & visiting the rare     Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 No charge
17-Jan-06 mountain gorillas & other apes by Professor Michelle McLean        
Sun 22 Jan 06 ##Boston - Day Hike - Manzimnyama stream, gorge & waterfall (from J Black's farm) 10 km  2 - 3 Philip Grant - Tel 033 997 1817 R 10
Sat-Sun Bushman's Nek - Backpacking to Whyte's Cave via Painter's & White Horse Caves - return via Langalibalele 10 km 3 Dave Sclanders - Tel 033 2394563 R 30
28-29 Jan 06 Cave - excellent Bushman paintings to be seen as well as game, birds & wild flowers.Fitness required each day     includes entry fee & levies
Sun 5 Feb 06 ##Karkloof Falls - Day hike to falls - relatively easy hike & lovely setting - bring your swimming gear 8 km 2 Mark Nellist - Tel 033 3302703 Mark will advise
Tue Social Evening & Launch of the Club's new web site - Hilton Hotel @ 7-30pm - Snacks Provided     Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 No charge
07-Feb-06 Rod Hart will demonstrate the benefits & improved searching facilities - another club breakthrough        
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
18-19 Feb 06 Day hikes from cottage or simply unwind on the property (10 acres) - best option to include Fri night 17 Feb each day   Book early to secure your place for members
Sat-Sun Cobham - Camping Weekend - Lovely day hikes from campsite - Hot showers & flush toilets - Lovely pools 8-12 km  2+ Brian Henwood - Tel 033 3471126 R40 pp
25-26 Feb 06 in streams for swimming - braai & socialise in the evening. Just relax & chill-out if you wish. each day     includes entry fee & levies
ADVANCE NOTICES - TRAILS FOR 2006 - Please book early to secure your place as these trails will also be offerred to Mountain Backpackers to try to ensure sufficient participants. 
  SABIE - MPUMALANGA - Fanie Botha Hiking Trail - 3-day/3night Maritzbos circular route option 41km 3+ Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 R60 pppn
  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 - 3 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 R60 pppn
  & "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.  
From 12 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 Minimum 3 to maximum 30 persons - select your own sleeping spots in the open near the Fish River       before & after accommodation
July-06 NAMIBIA - Naukluft - 8-day Backpacking Trail in the Naukluft Mountains - Backpacking fitness required 120km 4 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 Trail R100pp + R120 road tax +
  Minimum 3 to maximum 12 persons - sleep on the floor in part open-walled shelters.     Exact dates to be finalised before & after accommodation
Copies by e-mail to Dave, Noel, Rod, Bushy & Pat 10 Nov 05 - Hard copies to Village Talk, Howick Library & Howick Tourism 11 Nov 05