MIDLANDS HIKING CLUB - FIXTURE LIST - FROM 22 MAY TO END SEPTEMBER 2010 - REV 1
## 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.
    DIST   DETAILS COST
Tues 20 July SOCIAL EVENING: A slide presentation by Dave Sclanders of his UK overseas trip - 500km of Hiking Dave Sclanders 082 443 4287 R5 for Carguard
Sat - Sun Giants Castle - Night hike to Bannerman's Hut. Full Moon time. Leave carpark after early supper at 17h00, arrive hut 21h00 hrs, return 30km 3 Dave Sclanders 082 443 4287 R45 for hut
24-25 July via Lost Valley or Langalibale Ridge. Hut sleeps 8 - bookings by 30 June. 650m   or email bergfree@absamail.co.za  
SAT 31 July 10 ##PMB - Day hike from Ferncliffe Nature Reserve to Otto's Bluff - New variation the successful hike Brian led in February that everyone enjoyed 15km 2+ Brian Henwood - 082 655 6359 No charge
Sat-Mon Long weekend - Introduction to Anglo-Zulu Boer wars - camp in Dundee area & visit from there. 7 Aug - to Dundee, set tents & visit Blood River and   2 Merle Brett/ Dave Sclanders To be advised later when
7,8,9 Aug Talana; 8 Aug - Isandlwana and Rorkes Drift,; 9 Aug - Elandslaagte, Colenso, Clouston & home. We need to book Camping place early, need     Dave Sclanders 082 443 4287 number of interested participants
  interested names by 20 June so we can make camping and cost enquiries.     or email bergfree@absamail.co.za is known
Sun Byrne area - Circular day hike from Minerva Heights farmhouse. Meet leader at Byrne Church adjacent to the entrance to the Oaks Hotel at 08h00. Approx. 3 David Tighe R10 donation to farmer
08-Aug R10 per person donation to farmer. (Joint Midlands Hiking Club & Mountain Backpackers hike) 12km   Cell 076 028 0708 or 031 464 9033  
Sun ##Karkloof - Day hike through Everdon Estates led by the man who knows the area better than anybody - this hike last time proved to be very popular & had 15 km 2+ Cecil Hackney but contact No charge
15-Aug-10 some of the most spectacular views in the area - Cecil will lead it this time in the reverse direction - don't miss this one.     Keith Ashton on 033 2395023  
Tues AGM - Annual General Meeting & Finger Supper - PLEASE DIARISE & DO YOUR BEST TO ATTEND.     Irene Wisdom - 082 575 4978 Details will be in July newsletter
17-Aug-10 FULL DETAILS WILL BE IN THE JULY NEWSLETTER     irene@pid.c.za Finger supper will be subsidised
Fri - Sun ##Highmoor area - "Mountain Shadows" (near Glen Garry) - Cottages / Cabins / Caravans & Camping - Excellent facilities - central indoor/outdoor 8-12km 2 - 2+ Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 Very reasonable prices for cottages,
20 - 22 Aug 10 boma with pool table & table tennis + DSTV - farm animals to keep children amused - day hikes from base with Highmoor hikes also an option. each day   Book early to secure your place cabins, caravans & camping with
  Lovely spot - just relax & chill out if you wish. Please support this venue as they have sponsored club prizes. Please book early & pay to reserve place.       electric points - check with Keith
Sat - Sun Injisuthi - overnight in Grindstones Cave, short route to cave (3km) then daypacks to explore upper higher areas towards Old Woman Grinding Corn. 24km 3 Dave Sclanders 082 443 4287 R40 for cave
28-29 Aug Sunday may go back via Cataract Valley. 400m   or email bergfree@absamail.co.za  
SAT Kamberg Reserve - Day hike to Rock Art Sites, view seldom seen Bushmen paintings, very scenic area. Reserve fee to Parks Board 12km 2+ David Tighe KZN Wildlife day entry fee R28
04-Sep-10 Meet Leader at Kamberg Parks Board Office at 08h00. 200m   Cell 076 028 0708 or 031 464 9033  
Fri - Sun ##Monks Cowl area - Mountain Splendour Eco-Resort - This venue comes highly recommended from several sources. Lovely spacious campsites with elec. 6 - 12 km 2 - 2+ Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 Camping fees R88.00 pppn
10 - 12 Sep 10 points - excellent ablutions with hot showers etc - tennis courts, volley ball, swimming pool, children's playground & animal farm, indoor games room & TV. each day   Option to stay longer if you wish Pensioner rate R52.80 pppn
  Short hikes around the farm & longer hikes from Monk's Cowl KZN Wildlife Reserve nearby - day entry fee to Monks Cowl R35 pp or use Wildcard.     Book early to secure your place above are out of season rates
Sun 19 Sep 10 Mt Gilboa - Day Hike - Another chance to do this lovely local hike to Mare's Tail Falls and Mount Gilboa - as usual bring day-pack with lunch 10 km 2+ Kevin Knox-Davies Check with Kevin
  and drinks and hiking gear. Great local hike including indigenous forest & clivias.     033 239 5262AH or 084 510 5702  
Tues 21 Sep 10 SOCIAL EVENING: DETAILS WILL BE IN JULY NEWSLETTER   Irene Wisdom - 033 344 1464 No charge
Fri - Sun ## Drakensberg Gardens - Cottage weekend - Fully equipped & very comfortable - Beautiful Area in the heart of the mountains - Max 10 members 10-15km 2 - 3 Keith Ashton - Tel 033 2395023 R140 total per person (R70 pppn)
24 - 26 Sep 10 Day hikes from cottage or simply unwind on the property (10 acres). - Please book early to secure your place each day   Book early to secure your place for Fri & Sat nights for members
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.
PLEASE READ THE NOTES BELOW:- (these appear on all fixture lists & should be noted by all members)
Grading of hikes etc
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.
Please advise the leader of any medical condition prior to any hike & carry the necessary medication - Due to recent legislation all hikers to carry their own medical kit.