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First Quarter Fixture List 2020

MBC Overnight Hike Fixtures Q1-2020        
Dates Description Dist / Elevation Leader Contact Grd
11-18 January WILD Coast: Port Edward to Port St John's 100km John and Christine Pickup 082-7826025 (phone or WhatsApp) 4
18-19 January Cathedral Peak: Gravel Cave via Solar Cliffs and Salt Rock. Return via Eland Cave and Junction Cave. Eland Cave is by far the best rock art site in the Berg. 25km 250m David Gay 074-5803511 (18h00-20h00 Mon-Thurs only) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 3,5
25-26 January Garden Castle: Tenting trip to Hidden Valley via the Giant's Cup Trail. Ideal for first time backpackers. Lovely pool next to the camp site. Carry your costume. Hiking tents are required. 12km 200m Farouk Omarjee 031-5776336
081-5308447
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1-2 February Garden Castle: Venice Cave via Castle View farm and The Island. Return via Chameleon Cave, Wilson's Cave and Nhlangeni River. 27km 465m David Gay 074-5803511 (18h00-20h00 Mon-Thurs only) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 3,5
8-9 February Loteni: Camp at the top of Redi Pass and return via Buttress Pass. ## GT preparedness hike! ## 28km 1470m David Gay 074-5803511 (18h00-20h00 Mon-Thurs only) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 5
15-16 February Injasuti: Grindstone Cave via the Yellowwood Forest. Ideal for first-time backpackers and those not sure of their fitness. 10km 400m Farouk Omarjee 031-5776336
081-5308447
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22-23 February Monk's Cowl: Vaalribbokkop Cave via Jacob's Ladder and Stable Cave, returning via Makhulumane Rock forest walk. Head for heights essential. 28km 650m David Gay 074-5803511 (18h00-20h00 Mon-Thurs only) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 3,5
29 February - 1 March Garden Castle: Tent at the top of Wilson's Pass via Engagement Cave, returning via Mashai Pass. ## GT preparedness hike! ## 26km 1265m David Gay 074-5803511 (18h00-20h00 Mon-Thurs only) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 5
7-8 March Highmoor to Giant's Castle via the contour path (31km). Overnight in the chalets. Return to Highmoor via the management track, Pine Rangers Hut and Caracal Cave (19km). Approximate cost is R1300 bed and breakfast for 2-bed chalet. Alternatively, have a driver meet you at Giant's Castle so that you do not have to hike back to Highmoor. 50km 710m John and Christine Pickup 082-7826025 (phone or WhatsApp) 4
14-15 March Cathedral Peak: Roland's Cave from Cambalala Hut via Thuthumi Ridge, returning via Thuthumi Pass. For those who want a more leisurely weekend, simply chill at the hut (Ts & Cs apply)! ## GT preparedness hike! ## 22km 1250m David Gay 074-5803511 (18h00-20h00 Mon-Thurs only) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 4,5
21-22 March Cobham: Gxalingenwa Cave from Sani Backpackers Lodge via ridge route, returning via Ngenwa Pool, Gxalingenwa Gorge and tar road. ## GT resupplies to be left at the lodge. ## 20km 540m David Gay 074-5803511 (18h00-20h00 Mon-Thurs only) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 3,5
27-29 March Cathedral Peak: Explore Eastman's Ridge area. Start walking Friday evening. Tenting hike. 40km 500m Natahsa Williams 082-5200007 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 3,5
28-29 March Cathedral Peak: A relatively easy hike to Sherman's Cave, ideal for first-time backpackers. Meet at the Didima KZN Wildlife Office. 8km 200m Farouk Omarjee 031-5776336
081-5308447
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DAY HIKES          
Sat 29 Feb African Fish Eagle Trail - Hike up the North bank of the Umgeni River with a swing through the Beachwood Mangrove en route, coffee stop at SPCA halfway and return on the same path; meet at Green Hub carpark 09h00. Rain stops play. Book by Fri 28 Feb. 12.5km Sea Level Heidi Cox 0827064283 2
Sun 29 Mar Kloof Gorge meet 07h00 at Kloof Falls carpark. Route TBA. R50pp EKZNW entrance fee. Book by Fri 27 March. Rain stops play. +-7km Heidi Cox 0827064283 2
ADVANCE NOTICE        
Dates Description Dist / Elevation Leader Contact Grd
5-18 April Grand Traverse: Sentinel Car Park to Bushman's Nek. Reserve your place and start training now! 240km David Gay 074-5803511 (18h00-20h00 Mon-Thurs only) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 5
1-3 May Club campout at the picturesque Ezemvelo Wildlife Monk's Cowl caravan and camping site. Nice ablutions, a well-stocked curio shop and a small restaurant are all on site. Options of easy river walks or more strenuous outings past Breakfast Stream.   Amy Kloppers 073-2083716 0-3
13-16 June Sani Mountain Lodge Backpackers: Climb Hodgson's Peaks and Thabana Ntlenyana via Mqatsheni Pass. Return via Phinong Pass. Slackpacking option for those who prefer to drive up!   David Gay 074-5803511 (18h00-20h00 Mon-Thurs only) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 4,5
To be advised, depending on who is interested. Approx. 15 days. Lower Berg Traverse: Royal Natal to Bushman's Nek. Numerous joining and leaving places for those with insufficent leave. Further information available via WhatsApp. Approx. 280km John Pickup 072-1512031 (phone or WhatsApp) 5
           
SOCIALS          
23-Jan Tour de Mont Blanc - Jovita da Silva The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is the most famous trek in the Alps making a complete circumnavigation of the entire Mont Blanc Massif. The 174km route passes through France, Italy and Switzerland with snow frosted peaks and glaciers, high mountain passes, magnificent valleys and alpine pastures.        
27-Feb Wagging Tails and Smiling Serpents, Reptiles revealed! Craig Smith will present an eye-opening talk on reptile behaviour, with some live visitors to make his point!        
26-Mar Dr George Hughes is an author, ex Drakensberg Ranger, founder of the turtle research centres in Zululand. He will speak on environmental lessons learnt. Details of his talk will follow.        
       
           
           
Dates Description Dist / Elevation Leader Contact Grd
6-7 July Cobham: Gxalingenwa cave via the Pholela River, Emerald Stream and Pinnacle Rock. 18km 440m Andy Brown 072-1012498 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 3
13-14 July Garden Castle: Follow the Giant's Cup Trail to Hidden Valley. Ideal for first time backpackers. Lovely pool next to the camp site. A tent is required. 16km 100m Farouk Omarjee 031-577 6336
081 530 8447
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20-21 July Monk's Cowl: Hike to Injasuti Hutted Camp via the contour path and overnight in the chalets. Return to Monk's Cowl via Wonder Valley and the holiday cottages (unless you can organise yourself a lift back either to Monk's Cowl or home). Carry light as the chalets have crockery, cutlery, towels and bedding. R350 per person in a chalet which sleeps 4. 40km 630m John and Christine Pickup 0827826025 / 0721512031 Contact via phone or WA 3,5
27-28 July Cobham: Lakes Cave via the Pholela River, returning via The Policeman, Siphongweni Rock National Monument and Tortoise Rocks. 26km 520m David Gay 074-5803511 (18h00-20h00 Mon-Thurs only) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 3,5
3-4 August Monk's Cowl: Zulu Cave via the Makhulumane Gorge - a little used but spectacular forested gorge leading towards Hlatikhulu Nek and on to Zulu cave. Lots of bundu bashing. Return via the contour path and The Sphinx. A head for heights is required! 25km 560m Andy Brown 072-1012498 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 3,5
9-11 August Sani Mountain Lodge Backpackers (Passports required)   David Gay 074-5803511 (18h00-20h00 Mon-Thurs only) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 3,5
Day 1: Sani Mountain Lodge from the SA Border Post via Phinong Pass or 4X4. 10km 990m
Day 2: Climb Thabana Ntlenyana (3482m) or Hodgson's Peaks 12-21km 380m
Day 3: Walk or drive down Sani Pass to the SA Border Post. 9km 990m
17-18 August Giant's Castle: Bannerman Hut via Bannerman Ridge. 22km 550m Farouk Omarjee 031-577 6336
081 530 8447
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24-25 August Bushman's Nek: Tarn Cave via the ridge route, returning via Lammergeier Cave. 25km 660m David Gay 074-5803511 (18h00-20h00 Mon-Thurs only) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 3,5
30 Aug - 1 Sept Club Campout Mahai campsite. Social camping weekend. Medium and beginner hikes on Saturday, social braai Satruday night, light walk Sunday morning. Various Amy & Brent Kloppers This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
7-8 September Cobham: Visit the dinosaur footprints from Mzimkhulwana Hut. 29km 300m David Gay 074-5803511 (18h00-20h00 Mon-Thurs only) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 3,5
14-15 September Injasuti: Wonder Valley Cave via van Heyningen’s Pass and Shada Ridge. 18km 470m Farouk Omarjee 031-577 6336
081 530 8447
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20-24 September Cathedral Peak: General exploration from Cambalala Hut. Various David Gay 074-5803511 (18h00-20h00 Mon-Thurs only) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 2-3
27-29 September Witzieshoek / Sentinel: Travel through to Witzieshoek on Friday afternoon, climb Mont-Aux-Sources peak (3282m) from the Sentinel car park via the Chain Ladders on Saturday ("one-day-dash"), and return Sunday. A head for heights is required! 22km 750m Andy Brown 072-1012498 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 4
           
           
ADVANCE NOTICE        
Dates Description Dist / Elevation Leader Contact Grd
***NEW DATE*** 15-29 March 2020 Trip to Peru. Visit the Amazon Jungle and do the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. TBA Farouk Omarjee 081-5308447 / 031-5776336 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 3,5
           
           
           
           
           
DAY HIKES          
Dates Description Dist / Elevation Leader Contact Grd
17-Aug African Fish Eagle Trail Meet at The Green Hub (Blue Lagoon) at 09h15 depart 09h30. Walk through the Beachwood Mangroves, up the North Bank of the Umgeni River to the SPCA (Springfield) bring cash for coffee, return on the same route. Rain stops play. Pre-book by Friday 16 Aug. 12.5km Sea level Heidi Cox 0827064283 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 2
Saturday 21 September International Coastal Cleanup A very important global event on the environmental calendar, join MBC to assist in monitoring litter in our waterways and oceans. 08h00 start, full details to be confirmed, likely meet at Beachwood Mangroves. 1-2km Heidi Cox 0827064283 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it N/A
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SOCIALS (Sherwood Bowling Club, 850 Jan Smuts Highway, Sherwood, 4th Thursday of the month unless otherwise specified)
Dates Title     Speaker  
25-Jul Pancake night & Overview of hikes in the Mahai area        
22-Aug Vics Falls – a 1 week adventure     Heidi and Chris Cox  
26-Sep Trappers’ Trail     Jenny Rookes  
 

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