MIDLANDS HIKING CLUB - FIXTURE LIST - 24 MAR TO END JUNE 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
24 Mar to Allison's Dream on a different challenge in 2008 -  550 km mountain bike ride on the back-roads & tracks from PMB to Rhodes  70--80 km  4+ Allison Gunning - Tel 033 347 1364 R450 per day inc all meals
01-Apr-08 Part of the Freedom Challenge Route - several members participating after much training - entry for others now closed per day   Cell 083 441 1951 NOW FULL
Sun - 6 Apr 08 ##Richmond area - Day hike in Umkomaas Valley along game paths - quite a while since we were in this area so come along 10-12 km 2 Bushy Kirby - Tel 033 2123071 R20 - Bushy will confirm later
Sun - 13 Apr 08 ##Howick - Day hike in Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve - Lovely views & plenty of game & birdlife 10 km 2+ Selven Nyker - Tel 033 3304842 R11 per person
Tue - 15 Apr 08 Social Evening - Quiz Night - Snacks, prizes & lucky draw -Church of the Ascension -Hilton 7-30pm tea/coffee from 7-00pm   Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 R5 per person (for jackpot)
Sat - Sun ##Monks Cowl - Camping Weekend - Lovely camp sites - Good ablution facilities inc flush toilets & hot showers 10-12 km 2+ Brian Henwood - Tel 033 347 1126 R60 pp or R65 pp with power point
19 - 20 Apr 08 Choice of many day hikes from the camp site or just relax & take in the awesome scenery - social braai on Sat evening each day     inc entry fee & all levies
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 
25 - 27 Apr 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
Wed - Sun "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
30 Apr - 4 May 08 on to Madonna area for 2 nights - total 5 days (4-nights) backpacking carrying tents - fitness required - contact Dave if interested each day     Dave if interested asap
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
04-May-08 Excellent views - Fitness absolutely essential - Booking essential with Philip by the Wednesday before.     Cell : 082 417 9163 when booking
Sat - Sun GRAND TRAVERSE RE-SUPPLY TEAM - From Mike's Pass at Cathedral Peak area to climb up Organ Pipes pass with  12 km 4 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 R55 per person inc entry plus.
10 - 11 May 08 re-supplies for the GT Team - overnight in tents at top of Organ Pass with the GT team. - Backpacking fitness required. each day     R35 per vehicle up Mikes Pass
Sun ##Byrne Area - Circular day hike starting at Newborough Grange Farm. The route combines open grasslands & 12km 3 Dave Tighe - Tel 031 4649033 R10 pp donation
11-May-08 indigenous forest. Physical fitness advisable. Meet at Byrne Church adjacent to entrance to the Oaks Hotel at 09h00.     Cell 084 689 9384  
Sun - 18 May 08 ##Howick - Day hike - Amber Valley Circuit - Lovely walk around the perimeter of this new complex - Bring lunch & drinks 10 km 2 Margaret Ashton No Charge
  See how other members are getting settled in their new homes - tea & coffee etc will be provided after the walk     Tel. 033 2395023  
Tue - 20 May 08 Social Evening - Slide presentation by Brendan McGuirk - Hiking along the Kunene River in Namibia - Normal Venue 7-30 pm     Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 No charge - Tea etc from 7-00 pm
Sat - Sun ##Highmoor area - "Mountain Shadows" (near Glen Garry) - Cottage / Cabins / Caravans & Camping   8-12km 2 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 3303763 R100 pppn Cottage & R60
24 - 25 May 08 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 & Caravans
  Lovely spot - just relax & chill out if you wish. Please book & pay to reserve place- New routes also added.       camping R40 inc elec points
Sun  ##Kamberg - Day hike - visiting "Roman Baths" (a lovely pool with waterfall) via Game Pass Ruin, then continue alongside the upper  12-14km 2+ Allison Gunning - Tel 033 347 1364 R20 entrance fee inc all levies
01-Jun-08 reaches of the Mooi River towards Highmoor to visit a cave with very good Bushman's paintings.     Cell 083 441 1951  
Sun ##Byrne Area - Circular day hike from Enon Cottage. Route combines open grasslands, plantations & indigenous forest. 15km 3 Dave Tighe - Tel 031 4649033 R10 pp donation
08-Jun-08 Physical fitness advisable. Meet at the R56 turn-off to Richmond at 09h00. Braai facilities provided.     Cell 084 689 9384  
Sat-Mon ##Park Rynie - Rocky Bay Caravan Park - Camp Site - Well run & lovely site right on the coast - day hikes from the camp site or  8-10km 2 Brian Henwood - Tel 033 347 1126 R115 pppn in season & R76 out
14-16 Jun 08 just chill-out & relax - swim in the pool or in the sea - explore the rock pools - have a social braai or indulge with a restaurant meal. each day     of season - check with Brian
Tue - 17 Jun 08 Social Evening -Slide presentation by Christine & Henry Bro of spectacular hiking in Nepal - Church of the Ascension -Hilton 7-30pm tea/coffee from 7-00pm   Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 No Charge
Sun 22 Jun 08 DAY HIKE - DETAILS TO BE ADDED LATER     Details later Details later
Sat-Sun Highmoor - Backpacking to & overnight in Aasvoelkrans Cave - Exploration hikes from the cave - Pool & lovely waterfall adjacent to 10-12km 3 Dave Sclanders - Tel 033 2395013 R50 inc entry, overnight &
28-29 Jun 08 the cave - bring your day pack as well to join in the exploration hikes with Dave - you never know what you may find.  each day     all levies
ADVANCE NOTICES
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
Grading of hikes
1. Very easy trip - please inform the leader to confirm your participation by the Wednesday prior to the hike.
2. Easy trip - please inform the leader to confirm your participation by the Wednesday prior to the hike.
3. Moderate trip - Physical fitness advisable - If an overnight trip, camping or in a cave etc please inform the leader of your participation at least 2 to 3 weeks in advance as bookings have to be made. 
4. Strenuous trip - Physical fitness essential - If an overnight trip, camping or in a cave etc please inform the leader of your participation at least 2 to 3 weeks in advance as bookings have to be made.
5. Very strenuous trip - A high degree of physical fitness essential - Normally an overnight trip so please inform the leader of your participation at least 2 to 3 weeks in advance as bookings have to be made.
Multi-day trails - Please inform the leader of your participation as soon as possible after posting in the fixture lists as bookings have to be made well in advance.
Please note that the leaders have the prerogative to make a decision not to include a member/s if they have doubts about their physical fitness or do not have adequate gear etc for a particular hike.