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Fourth Quarter Fixtures List 2017

Please confirm with the Leader:

  • some of the caves have limited capacity
  • some of the day hikes are much in demand...

so please don't just pitch up! Please read our Fixtures - Introduction if you are a new member.  

 

  OCTOBER 2017

 

Date

Description

Distance / Elevation

Leader

Contact

Grade

12-15 Oct

4-day hike to Makeke, Lesotho from Giant's Castle. 3462 metres (2nd highest peak south of Kilimanjaro)

Day 1. Giants Castle Camp to bottom of Corner Pass.

Day 2. Climb Corner Pass to Upper Injasuti Cave

Day 3. Climb Makeke and return to Upper Injasuti Cave

Day 4. Return to Giants Castle Camp via Judge Pass.

Physical fitness and head for heights required.

56km

1700m

John Pickup

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0721512031

5

13-15 Oct

Garden Castle area: Rhino Peak 3056 metres, via Mashai pass. There and back in one day. Early 5:00 am start. Day packs. Approximately 12hr hike. Meet Friday evening, camping or Swiman Hut. On return, overnight at Garden Castle again Saturday night. Depart Sunday.

20km

1200m

Farouk Omarjee

031-577 6336

081 530 8447

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5

14-15 Oct

Bushman’s Nek area: Tarn Cave via Bushman’s Pass, returning via ridge route and Cedric’s pool.

21km

690m

David Gay

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3

21 Oct

African Fish River Trail. Lots of birdlife, walk through Beachwood Mangroves and along North bank of Umgeni river, meet at Green Hub Durban at 08h00, leave 08h15.  Rain stops Play. Bring cash for tea at Springfield SPCA 1/2 way. Please confirm if joining walk by 14 October.

13km

Heidi Cox

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2

22 Oct

Krantzkloof Gorge, Kloof. Sunday morning training hike. Yellow route and old white routes combined. Meet at Nkutu car park, Valley Drive at 08h30. Bring water, back before lunch. R30 entrance fee.

14km

400m

Andy Brown

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3

28-29 Oct

Cobham area: Gxalingenwa Cave via Ndlovini mountain, returning via Emerald Stream path.

26 km

465m

David Gay

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3

29 Oct

Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve - near Howick. Lovely local day hike in a beautiful area - great views & chance to see plenty of game & bird life. Several trail variations. Combined hike with Midlands Hiking Club & Mountain Backpackers. Last booking by Wed 25 October. Cost R30pp.

15km

Keith Ashton

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2

 

 

NOVEMBER 2017

 

Date

Description

Distance / Elevation

Leader

Contact

Grade

11-12 Nov

Garden Castle area: Whyte’s Cave via Gaint’s Cup trail, returning via Rob’s Cave and Hidden Valley

27km

660m

David Gay

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4

18 Nov

Giba Gorge. Meeting at 8h30 Saturday at Giba Gorge car park. Look for my Jimny with the MBC banner.  Stop at waterfall for snack break.

Please phone leader, to confirm your attendance.

10km

John

McGovern

082 659 5111

Between 08:00 and 13:00

2

18-19 Nov

Garden Castle area: Pillar Cave. Ideal for first time backpackers unsure of their fitness level.

8km

160m

Farouk Omarjee

031-577 6336

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3

18-19 Nov

Monk’s Cowl area: Sterkhorn Peak (Mount Memory) 2973 metres. UP and DOWN in one day. Day packs. Approximately 11hrs. On return, overnight at Monks Cowl, Saturday night. You MUST be fit for this hike.

18km

1400m

Andy Brown

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5

25-26 Nov

Cobham area: Mzimkhulwana Hut via the Giant's Cup Trail, returning via the eSiphongweni rock art site, high contour path (NEW ROUTE!) and Tortoise Rocks. Also visit two "new" caves you didn't know were there!

19km

340m

David Gay

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4

 

 DECEMBER 2017

 

Date

Description

Distance / Elevation

Leader

Contact

Grade

1-2 Dec

Cathedral Peak area. Cathedral Peak 3005 metres. UP and DOWN in one day. Day packs. Approx’ 8hrs. On return, overnight at Didema or depart. You MUST be fit for this hike.

19km

1500m

Andy Brown

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5

Sunday 10 Dec

Beach Walk: Bluff Lords and Legends to Whaling Station and back. Please confirm if joining walk by 3 December.

12km

Heidi Cox

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2

9-10 Dec

Monk’s Cowl area: Tented summer hike. Camp at the base of Intunja. NB: Tents required.

11km each way

Christine Pickup

082 782 6025 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

3

9-10 Dec

Garden Castle area: Bushman’s Nek Hut and return via Giant’s Cup Trail

27km

345m

David Gay

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3

9-10 Dec

Cobham area: Tented hike along the Pholela river. Camp next to the pools below eSipongweni. Ideal for first time hikers unsure of their fitness.   NB: Tents required.

12km

100m

Farouk Omarjee

031-577 6336

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3

30 Dec to 2 Jan

Bushman’s Nek: Celebrate New Year in style in a Stunning area. Short (just over 1.4 km) backpacking to Bushman's Nek Hut for a three-night stay.- Beautiful day hikes from this base to see waterfalls, bushmen's paintings, caves & lovely pools for swimming. Hut has lockable rooms with bunk beds & mattresses + flush toilets & showers (only cold water but no problem). Combined hike with other clubs. Don't forget your drinks & goodies -Please book (FOR 3-NIGHTS ONLY) early to secure your place - last bookings by 15 December.

Cost R120 pppn. R360 total for 3 nights.

 

Keith Ashton

033 239 5023

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2

 

Note: It is the prerogative of a hike leader to accept or reject members or other applicants from participating in his or her hike, after questioning the applicant on their fitness and experience. It is a privilege not a right to participate in a hike.

 

Day hikers are requested to phone the leader beforehand to confirm their attendance and that the hike is still on schedule.

ADVANCED NOTICE

 

Date

Description

Distance / Height

Leader

Contact

Grade

12 – 21 January 2018

"Team Pickup" Wild Coast Hike: Cofee Bay to Kei River.

 

 +- 120km

John and Christine Pickup

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April 2018

The Grand Traverse 2018: Please advise interest EARLY so we can plan ahead.

Circa April / Easter. Dates to be announced.

220 km

Andy Brown

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5

 

 

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