MIDLANDS HIKING CLUB - FIXTURE LIST - SEPTEMBER TO DECEMBER 2007 + ADVANCE NOTICES FOR 2008 - 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 Oct 07

Howick - Day hike - Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve - Lovely views, indigenous trees, wild flowers, game & birdlife

10km

2

Selven Nyker - Tel 033 3304842

Entrance etc. R10

 

Tue

SOCIAL EVENING - Special presentation by Bridgette Ringdahl  (Author of "Blonde on a bike") of her cycle

 

 

Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023

No charge

 

16-Oct-07

adventure through India, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Tibet & Nepal - do not miss this one

 

 

 

 

 

 

Usual venue - Church of the Ascension - Hilton @ 7-30 pm - Tea & coffee will be served - bring snacks/drinks

 

 

 

 

 

Sat - Sun

Giant's Castle - New weekend backpacking hike to & overnight in Dinosaur Cave - be one of the first from the club to

15km

3+

Dave Sclanders - Tel 033 2395013

Entrance & cave fee R50

 

20 - 21 Oct 07

see the dinosaur footprints in this cave - 8 max - contact Dave asap to reserve your place by paying your fee

each day

 

Note :- Backpacking fitness required

 

 

Sun

Boston area - Nhlosane - Long distance day hike (North & South Ridges) - Very long hike over rough terrain.

24km

4

Philip Grant - Tel 033 997 1817

Please check with Philip

 

21-Oct-07

Excellent views - Fitness absolutely essential - Booking essential with Philip by the Wednesday before.

 

 

Cell : 082 417 9163

when booking

 

Sun 28 Oct 07

##PMB - Day hike - Bisley Nature Reserve - Interesting easy hike - see giraffe & other game & birdlife close to home

8km

2

Selven Nyker - Tel 033 3304842

No charge

 

Fri - Sun

## Drakensberg Gardens - Cottage weekend - Fully Equipped - Beautiful Area - Max 10 members

10-15km

 2 - 3

Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023

R100 total per person for

 

2 - 4 Nov 07

Day hikes from cottage or simply unwind on the property (10 acres). Full, waiting list only   

each day

 

 

Fri & Sat nights for members

 

Sun

Boston area - Day hike at Elandshoek (J Black's farm) - bring lunch & refreshments in day pack.

10km

 2 - 3

Philip Grant - Tel 033 997 1817

R 10

 

04-Nov-07

No path - fitness recommended.

 

 

Cell : 082 417 9163

 

 

Sun 11 Nov 07

CYCLE RIDE - Full day - Bisley to Byrne (partially off tar) - Chance to start getting fit for Allison's big one next year

60-70km

3

Brian Henwood - Tel 033 3471126

No charge

 

Sat - Sun

Injasuti - Backpacking hike to & overnight in Wonder Valley Cave - good venue for less experienced backpackers -

10-12km

3

Brian Henwood - Tel 033 3471126

Entrance & cave fee R50

 

17 - 18 Nov 07

lovely pool for swimming & stream for water close by.

each day

 

 

 

 

Sun 18 Nov 07

PMB area - Swartkops - Day hike from Birnham Wood - lovely less demanding day hike with experienced leader

10km

2

Graham Cullinan - Tel 033 3965514

No charge

 

Tue 20 Nov 07

SOCIAL EVENING - Slide presentation of a 22-day trip to Botswana - Namibia & Zimbabwe by Keith Ashton & team

 

 

Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023

No charge

 

Fri - Sun

##Monk's Cowl - Mary Clover's Cottage "Makulumane" - Champagne Castle/Monks Cowl area set high above the

10-15km

 2 - 3

Mary Clover Cell 083 700 6199

R100 total per person for

 

23 - 25 Nov 07

Drakensberg Boys Choir - comfortable accommodation in lovely setting - day hikes from cottage. Book place asap

each day

 

                   Tel 033 3432012

Fri & Sat nights for members

 

Sun 25 Nov 07

##PMB - Day hike - Ferncliffe Nature Reserve- hike through lovely indigenous forests- see Breakfast Rock & Bat Cave

8-10km

2

Selven Nyker - Tel 033 3304842

No charge

 

Sat - Sun

Highmoor - Giant's - New backpacking hike carrying tents - exploration hike to find Bushmen's paintings - also see

12km

3

Dave Sclanders - Tel 033 2395013

Entrance & wilderness camping 

 

1 - 2 Dec 07

excellent Bushmen's paintings on Fulton's Rock en-route to new area

each day

 

 

fee R50

 

Sun

CHRISTMAS PARTY - HILTON COLLEGE PICNIC SITE ON THE BANKS OF THE UMGENI RIVER

optional short

1

Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023

To be finalised

 

09-Dec-07

BEAUTIFUL SPOT FOR A PARTY - GOOD AMENITIES - PLEASE DIARISE NOW - FULL DETAILS LATER

morning walk

 

 

 

 

NOTE :- NO SOCIAL EVENING IN DECEMBER

 

 

 

 

 

Mon -Tue

Highmoor - Your chance to celebrate New Year's Eve (& N.Y. Day) in Aasvoelkrans Cave with Keith & Margaret

10-15km

 2 - 3

Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023

R80 for the 2 nights

 

31 Dec - 1 Jan 08

Short backpacking hike to the cave, then explorations of the area from the cave - lovely pool - bring all your goodies

each day

 

Book & pay Keith asap - Max 12

including entry fee

 

SATURDAY CYCLE RIDES - 27 Oct - 14h00 Midmar about 20km (Cost - entry fee) : 3 Nov - 06H00 Through Bisley to Mbangweni & return about 50km (no cost) : 10 Nov - 14h00 Karkloof about 35km (no cost) : Other Saturdays

 

starting at 06h00 17th, 24th Nov & 1st Dec. - venues to be announced - please contact Allison on 033 347 1364 if you want to participate for more details - all welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADVANCED NOTICES

 

 

 

 

 

Fri - Sun

#Fort Nottingham - Weekend in Mark's Cottage at Lake Lyndhurst - Day hikes from cottage or relax on the

8 - 10 km

2

Mark Nellist - Tel 033 3432012

R100 pp for 2 nights

 

18 - 20 Jan 08

shores of a massive dam - do some canoeing, fish or swim. Road not suitable for normal cars.

each day

 

Book early to secure your place

 

 

Fri - Sun

Lotheni - Cottage Weekend - New venue in comfortable cottage - Day hikes from cottage - Maximum 10 people

10-12km

 2 - 3

Mark Nellist - Tel 033 3432012

R120 pp for two nights

 

14 - 16 Mar 08

Cost of cottage R600 pn (R60pppn if 10 participate otherwise slightly more pp) - please book now to secure place 

each day

 

            Cell 082 826 2526

based on 10 sharing

 

24 Mar to

Allison wants a different challenge next year - Do you want to join her on a 550 km mountain bike ride on the

80 km

4

Allison Gunning - Tel 033 347 1364

To be advised later

 

01-Apr-08

back-roads & tracks from PMB to Rhodes - if you do, get training now - or can you provide back-up ?

per day

 

 

 

 

In order to get fit & build a team spirit for the above adventure we proposed to include Saturday afternoon cycle rides in our fixtures - members who do not intend participating in the adventure would also be  

welcome. Please contact Allison if you are interested, on the above number. SEE ABOVE SATURDAY CYCLE RIDE DATES DECIDED UP TO NOW.

 

 

During period

"MINI-TRAVERSE" - but circular route from Sentinel Car Park, up the chain ladders to the top of the escarpment then

12 - 15 km

 3 +

Dave Sclanders - Tel 033 2395013

To be advised later - contact

 

26 Apr - 4 May 08

on to Madonna area for 2 nights - total 5-6 days backpacking carrying tents - fitness required - contact Dave if interested

each day

 

 

Dave if interested asap

 

September

Mark & Mary have discovered a lovely place to stay in Prince Albert in the Karoo - whilst visting the area it is intended

Total trail

3

Mark Nellist - Tel 033 3432012

To be advised later - contact

 

2008

to do the 7-day - 105km Outeniqua Trail (inland above & between George & Knysna) - Overnight in huts with bunks &

105km

 

            Cell 082 826 2526

Mark or Mary for more details &

 

 

mattresses + water & toilets provided - Please contact Mark or Mary if interested in order to assess possible numbers

 

 

Mary Clover Cell 083 700 6199

to show your interest