MIDLANDS HIKING CLUB - FIXTURE LIST - 14 MAY TO END JULY 2006 - PLUS ADVANCE NOTICES - JKA      
## 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 14 May 06 ##Boston Area - Caracal Ridge & Forest day hike - Good views of Drakensberg & Midlands - new hike in 10-12 km 2 Lawrence Bates Say R10 donation for
** conjunction with Mountain Backpackers - suitable for all hikers - meet at Peels Honey, Merrivale at 08h45     Tel 031 266 3970 Foresters
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) - Fully Booked  each day   Fully Booked for members
Sun 28 May 06 ##Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve - Howick - Day Hike - Lovely views & plenty of game & birds to be seen 10 km 2 Selven Nyker - Tel 033 3304842 R 10
Sat - Sun Highmoor - Weekend Camping & day hikes from campsite or just come for day hikes - but inform Keith 10-12 km 2+ Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 R40 pp camping
3-4 June 06 Beautiful area with game, birds, caves & Bushmen's paintings etc each day     or R20 pp day entry
Sun 11 Jun 06 ##Cumberland Nature Reserve - Day hike followed by social braai 8 km 2 Graham Cullinan - Tel 033 3965514 R 8
Fri-Sun Bushman's Nek - Long Weekend sleeping in great caves - Note Friday is Public Holiday (Youth Day) 11km - 8km 3+ Graham Cullinan - Tel 033 3965514 R30 pppn - Tot R60
16-18 Jun 06 Beautiful hike to Lammergeier Cave on Friday then below Devil's Knuckles to Tarn Cave on Sat -return Sunday & 11km     inc entry fees & levies
Tue 20 Jun 06 Social Evening - Hilton Hotel at 7-30pm - Presentation by Mike Laing on climatology     Mark Nellist - Tel 033 3302703 No charge
Fri eve - Sun ##Monk's Cowl - Mary Clover's Cottage "Makulumane" - Champagne Castle/Monks Cowl area set high  10-15km  2 - 3 Mary Clover - Tel 033 3302703 R50 per person per night
23-25 Jun 06 above the Drakensberg Boys Choir - comfortable accommodation in lovely setting - day hikes from cottage.  each day   Book early to secure place for members
Sun 2 Jul 06 ##Boston - Day Hike - Nhlosane North Ridge - exceptional views - bring lunch in day packs & money for   12 km 3 Philip Grant R 10
  refreshments afterwards at Everglades - Long walk over rough terrain - fitness required.        
Sun 16 Jul 06 Bisley Nature Reserve - PMB - Fairly easy walk - interesting area - game including giraffe. 8-10 km 2 Selven Nyker - Tel 033 3304842 No charge
Tue 18 Jul 06 Social Evening - Hilton Hotel at 7-30pm - Audio/Visual presentation of 2003 Grand Traverse + Mini- Sep 05     Dave Sclanders - Tel 033 2394563 No charge
Sat - Sun Giant's Castle - Exploration hike of the area (including searching for rarely visited cave) - need to carry tents 10km 3 Dave Sclanders - Tel 033 2394563 R30 pppn - Tot R60
29-30 Jul 06   each day     inc entry fees & levies
** Note change in venue for this date - 14 May 2006
PLEASE DIARISE DATE OF AGM & FINGER SUPPER - TUESDAY 15 AUGUST 2006 - HILTON HOTEL 7-30 PM
 
ADVANCE NOTICES - OTHER TRAILS FOR 2006 - Please book early to secure your place as these trails have also been offered to Mountain Backpackers to try to ensure sufficient participants.  
Trail 29 June to 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 +
3 July + travel Minimum 3 to maximum 30 persons - select your own sleeping spots in the open near the Fish River      Note dates change - space avail. 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 
Tue - Thur KENYA - Climb Mount Kenya - (Lenana Point 4985 m - 16355 feet) - 10 Days of scenic adventure    4 Allison Gunning - Tel 033 3471364 Approx
5-14 Dec 06 Please contact Allison to see if space still available or for more details if you are keen - fitness required       R12000 per person