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TYPE

GRADE

Cave

2-3

Day Hike

2

Day Hike

4

Social

Cave

3

Day Hike

2

Day Hike

2

DATE

January Tues 31-Wed 1

January Sunday 5

January Sun 12

January Tues 21 January Sat 25-Sun 26

January Sun 26

February Sun 2

February Sat 8-Sun 9

Cave

February Sun 9 February Sun 16 February Sat 22-Sun 23 February Sun 23

Day Hike

Day Hike

Cave

Day Hike

February Fri 28-Sun 2

Hut

March Sun 2

Day Hike

March Sun 9

Day Hike

March Sat 15-Mon 17

Weekend

March Sat 15-Sun16

Cave

March Tuesday 18

Social

March Sat 22

Day Hike

March Fri 28-Sun 30

Cottage

March Fri 28-Sun 30

Weekend

3

3

3

2+

2+

2

2

2+

3

2

2-3

12-15kms each day

HIGHMOOR. Your chance to celebrate New Year's Eve (& N Y Day) with Keith and Margaret. Short backpacking to the cave, then explorations of the area from the cave - lovely waterfall & pool. Bring swimming gear and all your goodies to celebrate in style. Book early to secure place. (12 Max)

12 kms

MINERVA HEIGHTS Byrne area. Combined day hike from Minerva Heights Farmhouse through grasslands and indigenous forest. Meet by 8.00 at the Byrne Church. Phone to confirm attendance.

10kms with 100m climb

Day walk to ROMAN BATHS AT KAMBERG.New hike for MHC ONLY as cannot handle large numbers at the pool.Bring costumes,towels,and sunscreen. Lovely big pool to swim in and flat rocks to sunbathe on. PRE BOOKING ESSENTIAL book before 8th Jan by phoning after 19.30 hrs only

Social Evening - Presentation by Margret Kirsten on Annapurna. 19h00 start.

28kms with 600m climb

MKHOMAZI/McKENSIES CAVE. Meet at Mkhomazi EKZN Wildlife Office. Sunday return via a different route. Hopefully new route back. It is a long climb. Fitness needed. Book by email only.

12 -15m kms

UMGENI VALLEY NATURE RESERVE near Howick. Lovely local day hike in a beautiful area. Great views & chance to see plenty of game and birdlife. Several trail variations. Combined hike with Mountain Backpackers.Last booking by 22nd Jan.

12kms

CUMBERLAND NATURE RESERVE. Combined hike along cliffs to bottom of waterfall, return through grasslands. Meet at the entrance of the reserve at 8.00. Phone to confirm attendance.

12kms each day

BUSHMAN'S NEK. Backpacking to & overnight in Sherry Cave (new).The hike is a similar route to Whyte's Cave but we will do variations & also visit Bushmen's paintings. Spectacular views from cave. As access to the cave is along a ledge & there is a drop of many metres in front of cave it is not suitable for children.Sleeping space is also limited.Visit 4 caves during weekend.Combined weekend with mountain Backpackers. Last bookings by 3rd Feb .

8kms

NHLAZANE - Dargle. Hike up to the beacon and enjoy splendid views of the Midlands and the Berg. Meet at Mount Park Guest Farm.

To be advised

28kms with 600m climb

Visit CAT CAVE on Saturday afternoon. If weather permits climb Intunja on Sunday morning. Return via Keartlands Pass. Fitness needed.

11.5kms

GREY MARE'S TAIL FALLS -Karkloof. A cool walk in indigenous forest up to the falls. Meet at Bushwillow Park.

12-15kms each day

GARDEN CASTLE NATURE RESERVE near Drakensberg Gardens Hotel. Stay in Swiman Hut and enjoy an exploration weekend with the Ashtons. Lovely large variety of hikes from base. Swiman Hut has electricity, bunk beds with mattresses, hot water shower & bath, flush toilets, indoor fireplace and outdoor braai area. Combined weekend with Mountain Backepackers Club. Book early to secure places in hut. Last bookings by 21 Feb. KILLARNEY ROCKERIES, Cato Ridge. Take exit 53 at Cato Ridge, turn left and follow High Stakes sign to 4x4 track and store. Combined hike starts at High Stakes, Cato Ridge at 8.00. Phone to confirm attendance.

12kms

12 kms

CHASE VALLEY - Meet at Cascades Shopping Centre. Circular route through the Chase Valley plantations along farm roads to the top of Chase Valley Heights and admire good views of the city. All invited to braai at the Leader's house afterwards. Bring meat and drinks only. Can buy at Checkers or Woolworths after the hike.

APPROX DIST

MIDLANDS HIKING CLUB FIXTURE LIST : JANUARY TO MARCH 2014 DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVIES

LEADER

Keith Ashton

033

2395023 keimarg@iuncapped.co.za

David Tighe

Tel

031 4649033 or 076 0280708 Dave Sclanders dave@bergfree.co.za 0824434287

239 5023 keimarg@iuncapped.co.za

David Tighe

Tel

031 4649033 or 076 0280708

Keith Ashton: 033 239 5023 keimarg@iuncapped.co.za

John Fourie : 0743708189. john4ie@gmail.com

Bushy Kirby

Dave Sclanders email dave@bergfree.co.za John Fourie : 0743708189. john4ie@gmail.com

Keith Ashton 033 2395023 email keimarg@iuncapped.co.za

David Tighe

Tel 031

4649033 or 076 0280708

Brian Henwood: 082 655 6359 brian@hn.co.za

APPROX COST

R45 pppn inc entry & levies. R90 total pp.

R10

R30.00 entry.Share petrol

R45.00 Last booking 20th Jan 2014

R24 Entrance fee

R10

R45pp incl entry & levies.

R45 Last booking 18th feb

R35pp

R80pppn. R160pp total for weekend

Dave Sclanders dave@bergfree.co.za Keith Ashton:

033

BLINKWATER TRAIL on the Greytown Rod to Pmb, 50 kms from Howick. A marked trail through beautiful grasslands with a great variety of vegetation. Home to endangered Wattled Crane. Comfortable accomodation with hot showers.

John Fourie : 0743708189. john4ie@gmail.com

R80pppn. R160pp total for weekend

LAMMERGIER CAVE - A cave visited very seldomly. Wonderful views of lower valleys. Sunday climb to Goat's Cave and look into Lesotho. Down via Tomatu Cave. Fitness needed. Last booking on 11 March.

Dave Sclanders dave@bergfree.co.za

R45pp

A slide presentation of Keith & Margaret Ashton's visits to St Helena Island, one of the most remote islands in the world, situated in the South Atlantic Ocean, over 2000 km from the nearest landmass - a small volcanic island rich in history & heritage,

Keith Ashton 033 2395023 email keimarg@iuncapped.co.za

KENNETH STAINBANK NATURE RESERVE Yellowwood Park. The hike will be lead by an Honorary Officer. It is a reasonably easy walk taking about 3 hours. Ideal for beginners of people wanting to explore a reserve in the Durban area.

Debbie Jager svendebs@sai.co.za 082 5109486

R20pp

DRAKENSBERG GARDENS. Fully equipped and very comfortable. Beautiful area in the heart of the mountains. Max 10 members. Day hikes from cottage or simply unwind on the property (10 acres). Hot baths and showers. Combined with Mountain Backpackers. Please book early to secure your place. Last bookings 19 March.

Keith Ashton 033 2395023 keimarg@iuncapped.co.za

R160 total pp. R80 pppn

CANNIBAL TRAIL, CLARENS - The Trail is on a privately-owned farm 5km from Clarens. Spend Friday night in an ox wagon or dormitory. Hike to a massive cave where toilets, hot showers and foam mattresses are provided.Stay overnight and return to base by midday Sunday.

Carolee Thompson 072 469 0712

R270 for accomodation

6 - 8kms per day

25kms 750m

7kms

12 -15kms each day

ADVANCE

NOTICE

May or September

GRADINGS Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5

Trail Hike

OF HIKES Very easy. Minimal fitness required Not too strenuous. Moderate fitness Moderate. Physical fitness advisable Strenuous. Physical fitness essential Very strenuous - high level of physical fitness is essential

NUM NUM TRAIL in Mpumalanga. 5 day trail. Price for this slack-packing hike is reasonable and route looks amazing and varied. Shuttle bus to Nellspruit or share lifts.

SOME IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT HIKING

  • 1.

    Hikes are graded so that members can select the activity best suited to their own level of fitness and do not cause unreasonable delay to fellow hikers.

  • 2.

    Contact the leader of a day hike at least 3 days in advance of your intention to participate.

  • 3.

    Contact the leader of a camping weekend at least one week in advance of your intention to participate.

  • 4.

    If accommodation bookings are required please contact the leader at your earliest convenience to secure yourself a booking.

  • 5.

    Leaders have the prerogative to exclude a member if they doubt their health condition, physical fitness or suitability of their hiking gear for a particular activity.

  • 6.

    Advise the leader of any medical condition prior to any hike & carry the necessary medication - The leader will not administer First Aid.

  • 7.

    Carry your medical aid, doctor and close family friend contact details in your backpack at all times.

Ingrid Hardman manhard@telkomsa.net

costs to be advised

CLUB NIGHTS Our Club nights are held on the third Tuesday of every second month in the Church of the Ascension Hall starting at 19:00. Tea & coffee served. Come along early and meet your fellow members. Plenty of parking next to the hall, accessed from Brindy Road, Hilton. A R5 tip for the car guard would be very much appreciated.

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