MIDLANDS HIKING CLUB - FIXTURE LIST - 15 JULY TO END OCT 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
Tue 15 Jul 08 Social Evening - Slide presentation by our team that completed the gruelling 550 km Mountain Bike "Ride to Rhodes" from Pmb along     Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 No charge - Tea etc from 7-00 pm
  gravel roads, goat & cattle tracks & at times no tracks at all, pushing bikes up mountains with daily climbs up to 1000m        
Sat-Sun Mkhomazi - Backpacking weekend to & overnight in McKenzie's Cave - Lovely backpacking hike which is ideal for first time or 8-10KM 3 Dave Sclanders - Tel 033 2395013 R55 inc entrance fee & overnight
19-20 Jul 08 inexperienced backpackers - option to explore beyond the cave area around interesting rock formations. each day     in cave inc all levies
Sun 20 July 08 ##Howick - Day hike - Umgeni Nature Reserve - Lovely area with good views & plenty of game. 8-10km 2 Selven Nyker - Tel 033 330 4842 R15 per person
Sat 26 Jul 08 Karkloof - Day hike - Grey Mare's Tail Falls & Mount Gilboa - Lovely local hike - NOTE SAT NOT SUN 10 km 2+ Allison Gunning - Tel 033 347 1364 Please check with Allison
        Cell 083 441 1951  
Sat-Sun Injasuti - Backpacking hike to & overnight in Wonder Valley Cave - good venue for less experienced backpackers - 10-12km 3 Teresa Whitfield - Tel 033 3431769 Entrance & cave fee R50 
2-3 Aug 08 lovely pool for swimming & stream for water close by. each day   Cell 082 374 1793 inc all levies
Sun 10 Aug 08 ##Byrne Area - Circular day hike from Enon Cottage. Route combines open grasslands, plantations & indigenous forest. 14km 3 Dave Tighe - Tel 031 4649033 R10 pp donation
  Physical fitness advisable. Meet at the R56 turn-off to Richmond at 09h00. Braai facilities available.     Cell 084 689 9384  
Sun 10 Aug 08 ##Pietermaritzburg - Day hike around Ferncliffe Nature Reserve - Lovely local hiking area with Selven as your knowledgeable guide 8km 2 Selven Nyker - Tel 033 330 4842 No Charge
Sat-Sun ##Ballito - Have a change & join Brian camping - ideal winter venue - lovely site with good ablutions & hot  short 2 Brian Henwood - Tel 033 347 1126 approx R150 per site for 2 people pn.
16-17 Aug 08 showers, swimming pool, camp shop - walks along the beach, swim in the sea or just relax & socialise beach walks etc     confirm cost with Brian
Tue 19 Aug 08 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - FOLLOWED BY FINGER SUPPER - free wine, tea & coffee provided by club.     Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 Only R25 towards finger supper
  Members pay only R25 towards the supper, club subsidises remainder. - Subs for 2008/09 due 1 Aug 08 can be paid.         Full details in July newsletter
Sun 24 Aug 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 
Fri-Sun ##Monk's Cowl area - Mary Clover's Cottage "Makulumane" - Champagne Castle/Monks Cowl area set high  10-15km  2 - 3 Mary Clover Cell 083 700 6199 R130 total per person for 
29-31 Aug 08 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
Sat-Sun Monk's Cowl area - Backpacking to & overnight in Zulu Cave - visit Cat Cave for Bushman paintings - it's sometime since we visited this 12-15km 3 Dave Sclanders - Tel 033 2395013 R55 inc entrance fee & overnight
30-31 Aug 08 cave so don't miss out. Option to climb Intunja (Gatberg) on the Sunday before returning to Monks Cowl office area. each day     in cave inc all levies
Sun 7 Sep 08  ##Upper Dargle -Day hike - Nhlosane "North Ridge" from Watershed Farm to Everglades Hotel where refreshments/drinks may be 12km 3 Philip Grant - Tel 033 997 1817 R10 pp donation
  enjoyed. No path, rugged terrain, brisk pace - please phone Philip by Fri 5 July latest if you wish to join this hike.     Cell 082 417 9163  
Sun 14 Sep 08 ##Karkloof - Day hike at Mbona - Lovely setting & views - Loads of game - bring lunch & drinks in day pack to enjoy on the Templeton's 12 km 2 Andrew & Joan Templeton R10 donation to
  veranda - return hike to gate - Gate is 28 km from Howick on Karkloof Rd     Tel - 033 343 3698 evenings Mbona conservation
Tue 16 Sep 08 SOCIAL EVENING - Special presentation by Bridgette Ringdahl  (Author of "Blonde on a bike") - This time of her cycle adventure       Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 No charge
  through South America - her previous presentation was thoroughly enjoyed by club members - so don't miss this new one.        
Sat - Sun Cobham - Backpacking to & overnight in Gxalingenwa Cave - This is a beautiful hike & will mostly be a circular route via part of the 12-14km 3 Teresa Whitfield - Tel 033 3431769 R50 inc entrance fee & overnight
20-21 Sep 08 Giant's Cup Trail, visiting Ngenwa Pool, Pinnacle Rock & Emerald Stream - this is the ideal time for this cosy cave. each day   Cell 082 374 1793 in cave inc all levies
Sun 28 Sep 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
  (This hike was very popular last time with 22 hikers) - tea & coffee etc will be provided after the walk at Margaret & Keith's place.     Tel. 033 2395023  
Fri-Sun ##Cathedral Peak - Camping weekend - Promises to be good fun - cycling members bring your bikes for a ride up Mike's Pass etc with hikes 10-12 km 2 Brian Henwood - Tel 033 347 1126 R60 per person per night
3-5 Oct 08 Brian whilst Rose leads a hike to Rainbow Gorge or Ribbon Falls - also other hikes during the weekend or just chill-out in great surroundings cycling longer      
Sat 11 Oct 08 ##Highmoor - Day hike in this magnificent area of the Berg not too far from home - NOTE SAT not Sun. 10-12km 2 Allison Gunning - Tel 033 347 1364 R20 per person
Tue 14 Oct 08 Social Evening - Another exciting slide presentation - details in next newsletter.     Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 No charge - Tea etc from 7-00 pm
Fri-Sun ## Drakensberg Gardens - Cottage weekend - Fully Equipped - Beautiful Area - Max 10 members 10-15km  2 - 3 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 R130 total per person for 
17-19 Oct 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 #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 R130 total per person for 
24-26 Oct 08 shores of a massive dam - do some canoeing, fish or swim. Road not suitable for normal cars. each day     Fri & Sat nights for members
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.