MIDLANDS HIKING CLUB - FIXTURE LIST - 21 JANUARY TO END MAY 2006 - PLUS ADVANCE NOTICES      
## 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 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 Giant's Castle - Backpacking exploration weekend of areas not often visited by general hikers - need to 10 km 3 Dave Sclanders - Tel 033 2394563 R 30
28-29 Jan 06 carry tents in case suitable caves are not located - do you want a bit of adventure? 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 - Hilton Hotel - @ 7-30pm - Slide presentation on the " History of the Bushmen in the     Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 No charge
07-Feb-06 Drakensberg" by Frans Prinz - Snacks will be provided from 7-00pm so come early to get your share        
Fri-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
17-19 Feb 06 Day hikes from cottage or simply unwind on the property (10 acres) - Already fully booked each day     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
Sun 5 Mar 06 ##Bulwer - To summit of Bulwer Mountain & return via contour - Meet at "Bird in the Barley" at 09h00 12 km 3- Philip Grant - Tel 033 997 1817 R 10
Tue Social Evening & Launch of the Club's new web site - Hilton Hotel @ 7-30pm     Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 No charge
07-Mar-06 Rod Hart will demonstrate the benefits & improved searching facilities - another club breakthrough        
Fri-Sun ##Highmoor area - "Mountain Shadows" (near Glen Garry) - Cottage / Huts / Caravans & Camping  8-10km 2 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 R60 pppn Cottage &
10-12 Mar 06 excellent facilities - central indoor/outdoor boma with pool table & table tennis + DSTV - day hikes from base each day   Book early to secure your place R50 pppn Huts - R35 caravans
  Lovely spot-just relax & chill out if you wish. Please book early to reserve place-1st come & paid first served       & camping inc elec points
Sun-19 Mar 06 ##Bisley Nature Reserve PMB -Day Hike through indigenous bush -get close to the giraffes etc- many birds 8-10km  1 - 2 Selven Nyker - Tel 033 3304842 No charge
  SABIE - MPUMALANGA - Fanie Botha Hiking Trail - 3-day/3night Maritzbos circular route option 41km 3+ Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 R57 pppn
Fri-Sun Maximum 30 persons  sleep in huts with bunk beds, toilets & showers - See "Lone Creek Falls", "Cathedral       Total for trail R171 pp
31 March to Falls", Chockstone Falls" & "Blyde Falls"etc. Trail now full, waiting list only.        
9 April 06 inc SABIE/GRASKOP - MPUMALANGA - Blyderivierspoort Hiking Trail - 3 day linear backpacking trail        
2 travel days & Min. 2 to max. 30 persons - Features include "God's Window" with fantastic views, "Bourke's Luck Potholes", 35km 3 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 R30 pppn
days in between some of Southern Africa's greatest natural wonders. Trail huts inc bunks & mattresses, water, showers, flush       Total for trail R90 pp
  toilets, fireplaces, firewood & refuse bins. Trail now full, waiting list only.        
Sun - 2 Apr 06 ##Cedara - Day hike - In the Cedara area - Swartkop & lovely circular forest walk 12 km 2 Graham Cullinan - Tel 033 3965514  
Tue 4 Apr 06 Social Evening - Hilton Hotel - @ 7-30pm - Slide Presentation by Dave Sclanders     Dave Sclanders - Tel 033 2394563 No Charge
Thur - Mon ##Monks Cowl - Long weekend camping - several options, come for 2, 3 or 4 nights (up to 5 days) Option to do  2 - 3   R55 pppn
27 Apr - 1 May Beautiful campsite with spectacular views of Sterkhorn, Amphlet, Cathkin Peak & Champagne Castle 10 - 15 km   Brian Henwood - Tel 033 3471126 includes entry fee & levies
  Good ablution block & restaurant - Possible option to also overnight in Wonder Valley Cave + Day hikes each day      
Sun 7 May 06 Boston - Day Hike - Pickle Pot Ridge - Bring lunch/juice/water in daypack & money for refreshments after 11km  2 - 3 Philip Grant - Tel 033 997 1817 R 10
Tue 9 May 06 Social Evening - Hilton Hotel - @ 7-30pm-QUIZ NIGHT by Allison & Co-PRIZES-SNACKS FROM 7-00pm     Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 No Charge
Sun 14 May 06 ##Karkloof Area - Day hike in the beautiful Karkloof area 10-12 km 2 Mark Nellist - Tel 033 3302703 No charge
Fri-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
19 - 21 May 06 Day hikes from cottage or simply unwind on the property (10 acres) - First come & paid first served each day   Book early to secure your place for members
 
ADVANCE NOTICES - OTHER TRAILS FOR 2006 - Please book early to secure your place as these trails have also be offerred to Mountain Backpackers to try to ensure sufficient participants. 
Trail 12-16 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 +
plus travel etc Minimum 3 to maximum 30 persons - select your own sleeping spots in the open near the Fish River     Now full - waiting list only before & after accommodation
Trail 15-22 July 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 +
plus travel etc Minimum 3 to maximum 12 persons - sleep on the floor in part open-walled shelters.     Now full - waiting list only before & after accommodation