MIDLANDS HIKING CLUB - FIXTURE LIST - 25 JAN TO END MAY 2009 - 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 etc.
DATE HIKE / AREA APPROX. GRADE LEADER & CONTACT APPROX.
    DISTANCE   DETAILS COST
Sun 25 Jan 09 Worlds View - Hilton - Morning hike - Meet & park at Crossways at 09h00 - socialise for drinks, snacks or lunch at Crossways after the hike     Neville Lee - Tel 033 3948049 No charge except for your drinks etc after
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 
30 Jan - 1 Feb 09 Day hikes from cottage or simply unwind on the property (10 acres). Sorry but now fully booked.   each day     Fri & Sat nights for members
Sun 8 Feb 09 ##Karkloof - Day hike in the lovely Karkloof - Contact Mark for more details. 10 km 2 Mark Nellist - Tel 033 3432012 Please contact Mark for details
Fri-Sun ##Port Edward - Camping weekend - Day hikes in nearby Umtamvuna Reserve & coastal walks - A previous long weekend at Mkambati, led  8-10km 2 Bushy Kirby - Tel 033 2123071 Depends on how many per camp site
13-15 Feb 09 by Bushy was a huge success & this promises to be just as enjoyable - Please book asap with Bushy or Pat to secure your place. each day   Contact Bushy asap for more details R110 per site pn for up to 6 (R55 pppn for 2) 
Tue 17 Feb 09 Social Evening - Members & friends get-together to socialise & discuss members views on club activities & preferences - any new ideas?     Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 No Charge - tea/coffee from 7-00pm
Sat - Sun ##Highmoor - Camping - "Wildways" Training Course for members - 3hr navigation training course on Sat 21 Feb then 3hr night navigation activity. 10-12km  2 - 3   Course is free to members who reserve 
21-22 Feb 09 Members who are not booked on the course are welcome for the weekend, but it is wilderness camping & tents & all gear have to be backpacked to  each day   Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 with Keith asap + R10 course notes
  the no facilities camping spot.To book a place on the course please contact Keith asap or ask for more details. Day hike on Sunday        Wilderness o/n camping fee R40pp
Sun I Mar 09 ##Boston - Manzimnyama stream, gorge & waterfall (from John Black's farm) - Varied walk, no path in places, rock pool, bring cossies, lunch  10km 3 Philip Grant - Tel 033 997 1817 R15 donation
  & water/juice in daypack - brisk pace so physical fitness advisable .     Cell 082 417 9163  
Sat - Sun Injasuti - Camping or cave weekend - Backpack to & overnight in Lower Injasuti Cave (ideal for first time backpackers) or stay at the camp site in 8-10km  2 - 3 For Cave - Allison - Tel 033 3471364 Cave - R40 pp inc entry fee & levies
6-7 Mar 09 tents & day hikes from the camp. Allison with lead for the cave & Noel will organise camping - lovely area - please book asap to secure a place each day   For Camp - Noel - Tel 033 2395098  Camping - R65 pp inc entry fee & levies
Sun 15 Mar 09 ##Howick - Day hike - Umgeni Nature Reserve - Lovely area with good views & plenty of game & birdlife - very knowledgeable leader 8-10km 2 Selven Nyker - Tel 033 330 4842 R15 per person
Tue 17 Mar 09 Social Evening - Excellent Frans Prins DVD presentation on the Drakensberg geology, caves & the Bushmen (all set to stirring music).      Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 No Charge - tea/coffee from 7-00pm
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 R40 inc entrance fee & overnight
21-22 Mar 09 Giant's Cup Trail, visiting Ngenwa Pool, Pinnacle Rock & Emerald Stream - should also have good pool / river swimming opportunities each day   Cell 082 374 1793 in cave inc all levies
Sun 29 Mar 09 ##PMB -Bisley Nature Reserve - Morning hike in this lovely reserve -see plenty of giraffe, antelope, birds & indigenous plants -knowledgeable leader 8km 2 Selven Nyker - Tel 033 330 4842 No charge
Sat 4 Apr 09 Monteseel - "Wildways Adventures" Training course - Mountain related illnesses & problems - booking essential with Keith.     Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 Free to members who reserve + R10 for notes
Sat - Sun Highmoor -Backpacking with tents from Highmoor Office area to camp near Roman Baths at Kamberg, returning via an alternative route on Sunday  23km 3 Dave Tighe - Tel 031 464 9033 The overnight hiking fee is R40 pp
4-5 Apr 09 back to Highmoor - A new hike for MHC - Chance to visit caves en-route & view Bushman paintings etc. in this beautiful area. total   Cell - 084 689 9384 including entry fee & levies
Mon-Mon Lotheni to Cathedral Peak - 8-day backpacking hike (carring tents) along the Drakensberg contour track. Backpacking fitness is essential for this     Dave Sclanders - Tel 033 2395013 Staying o/n on 6 Apr at Lotheni
6 - 13 Apr 09 hike as an average daily distance of about 20km is necessary with climbs of up to 900m some days - re-supply will take place at Injisuthi on the  140km 4 Cell : 082 443 4287 Total cost for the 8-days R340
  3rd day. If you are up to this challenge book your place asap with Dave - Cut-off date for booking is 28 February 09. total   e-mail : bergfree@absamail.co.za  
Tue - Fri Kei Mouth to Gonubie - Strandloper Trail - 4-days backpacking along this beautiful section of the Wild Coast - overnight in hiking huts with bunk 60km 3 Allison Gunning - Tel 033 347 1364 R400 pp
14-17 Apr 09 beds. Allow for travel day/s before/after the trail. Only a few spaces left - contact Allison for more details & to reserve your place. total   Cell : 083 441 1951  
Sun 19 Apr 09 ##Dargle area - Day hike up Nhlosane mountain via shorter route from base at "Mountain Park" 8km 2 Selven Nyker - Tel 033 330 4842 R 15
Tue 21 Apr 09 Social Evening - Details to be confirmed     Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 No Charge - tea/coffee from 7-00pm
Tue - Sun Western Cape - South of Swellendam - 5-Day / 5-night Whale Trail through the breathtaking De Hoop Nature Reserve - From Potberg to  55km 3 Allison Gunning - Tel 033 347 1364 R 950
21 - 26 Apr 09 Koppie Alleen - A magnificent & very popular trail with excellent overnight facilities. A few places left - Contact Allison asap to reserve your place. total   Cell : 083 441 1951  
Sat - Mon North Coast - Amatigulu Nature Reserve - Accommodation is in 2-bedded pre-erected safari tents - Beautiful coastal reserve - relax & chill out,  short walks in 2 Bushy Kirby - Tel 033 2123071 R110 pppn
25 - 27 Apr 09 take beach walks, swim in the sea (canoes for hire for use in the river) & socialise with other nature lovers & our special leader Bushy. reserve & beach   Reserve your place asap  
Fri - Mon ##Cathedral Peak - Camping long 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 R80 camping per person per night
1 - 3 May 09 Brian + day hikes during the weekend to lovely spots or just chill-out in great surroundings cycling longer     camp sites inc plug points
Sun ##Boston area - Nhlosane - Long distance day hike (North & South Ridges) - Very long hike over rough terrain at brisk pace.Excellent views. 24km 4 Philip Grant - Tel 033 997 1817 R 15
03-May-09 Fitness absolutely essential - Bring lunch etc & money for refreshments after hike - Booking essential with Philip by the Wednesday before.     Cell : 082 417 9163  
Sat 16 May 09 Monteseel - "Wildways Adventures" Training course - Handling emergencies - booking essential with Keith.     Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 Free to members who reserve + R10 for notes
Sun  ##Byrne area - Circular day hike from Enon Cottage - Route combines open grassland & indigenous forest. Approx 6hrs over rough terrain. 14km 3 Dave Tighe - Tel 031 464 9033 R 10
17-May-09 Physical fitness advisable. Meet leader at the R56 turn off to Richmond at 08h30 but contact Dave about your participation. Braai facilities available     Cell - 084 689 9384  
Tue 19 May 09 Social Evening - Details to be confirmed     Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 No Charge - tea/coffee from 7-00pm
Fri - Sun ##Highmoor area - "Mountain Shadows" (near Glen Garry) - Cottage / Cabins / Caravans & Camping - Excellent facilities - central indoor/outdoor   8-12km 2 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 Very reasonable prices for cottages, 
22 - 24 May 09 boma with pool table & table tennis + DSTV - farm animals to keep children amused - day hikes from base with new routes also added. each day   Book early to secure your place cabins, caravans & camping with
  Lovely spot - just relax & chill out if you wish. Please book & pay to reserve place.       electric points - check with Keith
Sat 30 May 09 ##Karkloof - New day hike through Everdon Estates led by the man who knows the area better than anybody - Note Sat not Sun 8-10km 2 Cecil Hackney but contact Keith No charge
    Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023  
SOCIALS VENUE : As usual all socials are held in the Church of the Ascension Hall starting at 7-30pm with tea / coffee available from 7-00pm & time to socialise - plenty of room for parking next to the hall, accessed from Brindy Road, Hilton.
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.