MIDLANDS HIKING CLUB - FIXTURE LIST - 23 NOV TO END MAR 2008 + 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
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. Only 2 spaces left. 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  ##Byrne Area-Circular day hike starting at Newborough Grange Farm. The route combines open grasslands & 12km 3 Dave Tighe - Tel 031 4649033 Check with Dave
02-Dec-07 indigenous forest. Physical fitness advisable. Meet at Byrne Church adjacent to entrance to the Oaks Hotel at 09h00.     Cell 084 689 9384  
Sun  CHRISTMAS PARTY - HILTON COLLEGE PICNIC SITE ON THE BANKS OF THE UMGENI RIVER optional short 1 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 R20 per person
09-Dec-07 BEAUTIFUL SPOT FOR A PARTY - GOOD AMENITIES - PLEASE DIARISE NOW - Full details in newsletter 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
Sun #Byrne Area -Day hike "Option A" -Brisk pace from Minerva Heights Farm House. Hike through grasslands, indigenous  12km 3 Dave Tighe - Tel 031 4649033 R 10
13-Jan-08 forest & plantations. Physical fitness advisable. Approx 6 hrs over rough terrain.     Cell 084 689 9384  
  "Option B" - Relaxed pace from Minerva Heights Farm House - suitable for persons unsure of their fitness. 7km  1 - 2 Diane Tighe - Cell 084 549 8284 R 10
Tue  Social Evening - Slide presentation by Teresa Whitfield - St John's Grade 9 "Trek" from Somerset West to De Hoop     Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 No charge
15-Jan-08 Nature Reserve - 360km over 27 days. Usual Venue Church of the Ascension - Hilton - 7-30pm - 7-00pm for tea & coffee       Bring snacks/drinks if you wish
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   Full - waiting list only  
Sat - Sun Kamberg - Backpacking to & overnighting in Sinclair's Shelter (cave) - lovely area with streams & waterfalls plus 10km 3 Dave Sclanders - Tel 033 2395013 Entrance & cave fee R50 
26-27 Jan 08 game & rock-art etc. Cave sleeping numbers limited (8) so reserve your place early - or option to use tents. each day      
Sun - 3 Feb 08 ##Dargle area - Day hike up Nhlosane mountain via shorter route from base at "Mountain Park" 8-10km 2 Brian Henwood - Tel 033 347 1126 Entrance fee R15
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 
8-10 Feb 08 Day hikes from cottage or simply unwind on the property (10 acres).Please book & pay asap to secure your place    each day     Fri & Sat nights for members
Fri - Sun ## Drakensberg Gardens - Stay in Swiman Hut or camp in lovely site & enjoy an exploration weekend with the Ashtons 10-15km  2 - 3 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 Swiman Hut - R60 pppn
15-17 Feb 08 The Ashtons will be there all week (11-17 Feb) so please contact Keith if you wish to stay longer & really explore. each day   Please book & pay Keith asap  Camping R45 pppn
Tue 19 Feb 08 Social Evening-Slide presentation by Keith Clover -Transkei Wild Coast hiking -Church of the Ascension -Hilton 7-30pm tea/coffee from 7-00pm   Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 No charge - bring snacks/drinks
Sun - 24 Feb 08 ## Richmond area - New Day Hike at Hella-Hella - Explore with entertaining leader Bushy 12 km 2+ Bushy Kirby - Tel 033 2123071 R20 day entry fee
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 R55 
1-2 Mar 08 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 2 Mar 08 ##Bulwer Mountain -Day hike to summit, return via contour path -bring lunch -refreshments at "Birds in the Barley" later  12km 3 Philip Grant - Tel 033 9971817 R 10
Sat - Sun Bushman's Nek - Backpacking to & overnighting in Whytes Cave (very comfortable cave - pool very close) - visit Painters 12 km 3 Teresa Whitfield - Tel 033 3431769 Entrance & cave fee R50 
8-9 Mar 08 Cave & White Horse Cave en-route. Teresa's first leading hike to a cave - please support her. each day   Cell 082 374 1793  
Sun - 9 Mar 08 # PMB - Cumberland Nature Reserve - Morning Hike in lovely local reserve - followed by social braai 8km 2 Graham Cullinan - Tel 033 3965514 R 8
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
Tue 18 Mar 08 Social Evening -Slide Presentation by Tim Baynes "Climbing Mountains in Antartica" -Tim has already climbed 5 of the     Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 No charge
  worlds highest peaks - so don't miss this one. - Church of the Ascension - Hilton - 7-30pm - tea/coffie from 7-00pm       Bring snacks/drinks if you wish
24 Mar to Allison wants a different challenge in 2008 - Do you want to join her on a 550 km mountain bike ride on the 70--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   Cell 083 441 1951  
SATURDAY CYCLE RIDES - Training for the big one above - venues to be announced - please contact Allison if you want to participate or for more details - all welcome - ensure you contact Allison to get onto her e-mail list for confirming
dates & times for these enjoyable training & bonding sessions. Tel - 033 347 1364 - Cell 083 441 1951 - e-mail - saints@iafrica.com . Allison will then provide weekly e-mails of forthcoming rides.    
ADVANCE NOTICES
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 visiting 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
Copy to Noel for Nov 07 newsletter (& Dave) by e-mail  18 Nov 07.