MIDLANDS HIKING CLUB - FIXTURE LIST - NOV 06 TO END MARCH 2007 - 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
Sat - Sun Giant's Castle - Backpacking weekend to overnight in Bannerman Hut - Option to climb Langalibalele Pass &  12-14 km 3+ Dave Sclanders - Tel 033 2394563 35
25 - 26 Nov 06 visit the Carbineer's Memorial. Spectacular scenery & a good chance to hone your backpacking fitness. each day     inc entry fee & levies
Sun  KARKLOOF - CHRISTMAS PARTY AT MARK & MARY'S FARM - PLEASE DIARISE - Again this will be a      Mark Nellist - Tel 033 3302703 No Charge
03-Dec-06 fun-filled day with plenty of prizes in a fantastic setting - full details will be in November newsletter     Mary Clover Cell 083 700 6199 Bring meat (braai) & drinks
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 Now space available - Please contact Allison for more details if you are keen - fitness required       15000
Fri - Sun ## Drakensberg Gardens - Cottage weekend - Fully Equipped - Beautiful Area - Max 10 members 12 km  2 - 3 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 R100 total per person for 
5 - 7 Jan 07 Day hikes from cottage or simply unwind on the property (10 acres). Full, waiting list only    each day     Fri & Sat nights for members
Sat  ##Mkhomazi - Day hike to Cyprus Cave - easy hike to cave in this less visited reserve - bring swimming gear to 8 - 10 km 2 Allison Gunning - Tel 033 3471364 25
13-Jan-07 swim in lovely pools next to cave - bring lunch & drinks etc       inc entry fee & levies
Tue 16 Jan 07 Social Evening - 7-30 pm Church of the Ascension - Hilton - Digital Slide Presentation on interesting areas     Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 No Charge
Sun 21 Jan 07 ##Boston - Day hike - Manzimyama Stream, gorge & waterfall - J Black's farm - swimming - bring lunch etc 15 km  2 - 3 Philip Grant - Tel 033 997 1817 10
Sun 28 Jan 07 Karkloof - New venue - Day hike at Mbona - Lovely setting & views - Loads of game - bring lunch & drinks in  12 km 2 Andrew & Joan Templeton No Charge
  day pack to enjoy on the Templeton's veranda - return hike to gate - Gate is 28 km from Howick on Karkloof Rd     Tel - 033 343 3698 evenings  
Fri-Sun ##Highmoor area - "Mountain Shadows" (near Glen Garry) - Cottage / Cabins / Caravans & Camping   8-12km 2 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 R80 pppn Cottage & R60
2 - 4 Feb 07 excellent facilities - central indoor/outdoor boma with pool table & table tennis + DSTV - day hikes from base each day   Book early to secure your place pppn Cabins - R50 caravans
  Lovely spot-just relax & chill out if you wish. Please book & pay to reserve place- New route also added.     Note pensioners R30 for camping camping R40 inc elec points
Sat - Sun Bushman's Nek - Backpacking weekend to Whyte's Cave via Painter's Cave & White Horse Cave - beautiful  12 km 3 Graham Cullinan - Tel 033 3965514 50
10 -11 Feb 07 views - see impressive Bushmen's paintings. Please book early & pay Graham to secure your place each day   Cell : 082 221 9390 inc entry fee & levies
Sun 18 Feb 07 ##Dargle area - Day hike up Nhlosane mountain via shorter route from base - drink at Everglades afterwards 8-10 km 2+ Brian Henwood - Tel 033 3471126 Please check with Brian
Tue   Social Evening - Digital Slide Presentation on Climbing Mount Kenya by Allison Gunning & team     Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 No Charge
20-Feb-07 Slides of 10-day trip with 8-days on the mountain - Church of the Ascension - Hilton - bring snacks & drinks        
Fri - Sun ##Monk's Cowl - Mary Clover's Cottage "Makulumane" - Champagne Castle/Monks Cowl area set high  10-15km  2 - 3 Mary Clover Cell 083 700 6199 R100 total per person for 
23-25 Feb 07 above the Drakensberg Boys Choir - comfortable accommodation in lovely setting - day hikes from cottage.  each day   Book early to secure place Fri & Sat nights for members
Sun ##Boston - Nhlosane South Ridge - Watershed to Philip's house, Sitamani - meet at Boston Country Club at 15 km 3+ Philip Grant - Tel 033 997 1817 10
04-Mar-07 08h30 - Bring lunch etc in daypacks & refreshments for aferwards - long walk on tough terrain - fitness essential        
Sat - Sun Bushman's Nek - Backpacking weekend to Tarn Cave - Great views of Devil's Knuckles from cave - sunrises & 10-14 km 3 Allison Gunning - Tel 033 3471364 50
10 - 11 Mar 07 sunsets are fantastic - climb & return via different routes - cool off with a swim in beautiful Cedric's Pool each day     inc entry fee & levies
Sun 18 Mar 07 ##Richmond area - Day hike at Hella-Hella - lovely interesting area - cool off in the stream. 10 km 2 Bushy Kirby - Tel 033 212 3071 Check with Bushy
Tue Social Evening - Slide presentation by Mark Brown on birds & bird watching.     Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 No Charge
20-Mar-07  Church of the Ascension - Hilton - Tea & coffee will be served - bring your own snacks & drinks          
Sat - Sun ##Seven Oaks  - Weekend at "Blinkwater" -Day hikes from hut -Land of indigenous forests, upland grasslands, 10 km 2 Mark Nellist - Tel 033 3302703 To be advised by Mark
24-25 Mar 07 vleis, streams & plantations - home to the Oribi & rare Blue Swallow. Time we visited this area again. each day   Mary Clover Cell 083 700 6199  
ADVANCE NOTICES - OTHER EVENTS FOR 2007          
  DRAKENSBERG 2007 GRAND TRAVERSE - Southern Africa's longest, most spectacular & most gruelling     Jenny Owen   
Sun - Fri mountain trip - this year from Sentinel to Bushmen's Nek (North to South) - Suitable for experienced      e-mail To be advised
1 - 13 Apr 07 well-equipped members who are strong & have a very high level of physical fitness & determination & can work 230 km 5 marschmal@mweb.co.za Later
  effectively in a team - no chancers. This is a Mountain Backpackers traditional event & will be undertaken in total   Contact Keith Ashton if you would  
  conjunction with MBC - It is pleasing to note that 5 determined MHC ladies have already requested places on     like to be part of the re-supply team  
  this fantastic event (they are also MBP members) -Fit & strong volunteers are required to assist & become      Tel - 033 3303763  
  part of the re-supply team to take supplies up Bannerman Pass on Sat - Sun 7 - 8 Apr 2007.     e-mail - keimarg@mweb.co.za  
Fri - Sun ## Drakensberg Gardens - Cottage weekend - Fully Equipped - Beautiful Area - Max 10 members 12 km  2 - 3 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 R100 total per person for 
27 - 29 Apr 07 Day hikes from cottage or simply unwind on the property (10 acres). Book early & pay to secure your place    each day   Book early to secure your place Fri & Sat nights for members
Proposed  KOSI BAY - 5-DAY HIKING TRAIL - It is 7 years since the club did this very enjoyable hike in a pristine 12-14 km  2 - 3 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 R400 pp based on a group of 
end May 2007 coastal area - hiking is through indigenous coastal forest, alongside lagoons & beaches with good snorkelling. each day   Places will be offered to others if 10 members
  Please contact Keith asap if you wish to reserve a place -max 10 members - payment secures place     insufficient members respond First come first served
Copies to Noel for newsletter & Dave & Allison by e-mail 17 Nov 06