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MBC Q3 Fixtures 2021

MBC Overnight Hike Fixtures Q3-2021        
  NB We expect participants to observe safe COVID-19 protocols    
           
Dates (days) Description Dist / Elevation Leader Contact Grd
3-4 July (2)          
04-Jul Day hike Virginia Bush        
10-11 July (2) Garden Castle: Hike to Pillar Cave. Ideal for first time backpackers. 10 km
160 m
Farouk Omarjee 031-5776336
081-5308447
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16-18 July (3) Cathedral Peak: On 17 July 1936, a small group of hikers slept on the summit of Cleft Peak - a first for the Drakensberg (see Dragon's Wrath). Up to that date, this had been considered impossible. To remember these pioneers, and to celebrate their courage, we plan on sleeping on the summit of Cleft Peak (3281 m) on the night of 17 July 2021 - the 85th anniversary. 30 km 1340 m John & Christine Pickup WhatsApp: Christine 082-7826025 John 072-1512031 4.5
24-25 July (2) Vergelegen: Overnight at Bridge Cave. Visit Bird's Nest Cave, Small Cave and the Sulphur Spring. 34 km 660 m David Gay This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 3.5
31 July - 1 August (2)          
01-Aug Day hike: Umgeni Valley        
7-9 August (3) Giant's Cup Trail in 3 days: For all beautiful ladies over the Women's day holidays, although guys and families can also come along! 55 km John & Christine Pickup WhatsApp: Christine 082-7826025 John 072-1512031 3
Day 1: Sani Pass road trail head to Pholela Hut
Day 2: With a little shortcut on the road, we end the day at Swiman Hut, after a late lunch at the Gooderson Hotel.
Day 3: Finish the trail at Bushman's Nek
Only day packs required as I will find transport. Anyone willing to assist with transport will be appreciated.
7-9 August (3) Amphitheatre (QwaQwa): 18 km 750 m Farouk Omarjee 031-5776336
081-5308447
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3.5
Saturday: Drive to Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge and spend the night at the resort.
Sunday: Day hike from the Sentinel Car Park to Mount-Aux-Sources via the chain ladder and back to spend the second night at the lodge. Only a day pack is required.
Monday: Drive back home.
Backpackpackers accommodation cost is R500 or R650 if breakfast is included. Costs are per person per night.
14-15 August (2) Cobham: Gxalingenwa Cave via Ndlovini Mountain, returning via The Hub (weather permitting) or Emerald Stream. 31 km 890 m David Gay This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 4
17-19 August (3) Bushman's Nek (mid-week hike): Celebrate winter in style! Backpack to Bushman's Nek Hut (1,4 km) for a 2-night stay. Beautiful day hikes from this base to see waterfalls, Bushman paintings, caves and pools. Hut has lockable rooms with bunk beds, mattresses, flush toilets and cold showers. Bookings close Friday 6 August. Hut fee is R240 (R120 pppn X 2 nights). 12-16 km per day Keith Ashton   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Please provide cell number when booking. 3
28-29 August (2)          
4-5 September (2) Cobham: Mzimkhulwana Hut via the Giant's Cup Trail, returning via Siphongweni Rock National Monument and Tortoise Rocks. 20 km 340 m David Gay This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 3,5
04-Sep Day Hike: Karkloof Country Club        
11-12 September (2) Highmoor: Hike to Aasvoëlkrans Cave. Ideal for first time backpackers and children. 10 km
100 m
Farouk Omarjee 031-5776336
081-5308447
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18-19 September (2)          
19-Sep Day Hike: Everdon Estates Karkloof        
24-26 September (3) Bushman's Nek: Irish Cave via Twin Pools; Bushman's Cave via base of the Devil's Knuckles and Senotlolong Shelter; return via Bushman's River. 32 km 720 m David Gay 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
Sun 4 July Virginia Bush (Durban North) A wander around this urban gem, you won't believe that you're in suburbia! Park and meet at Seattle Coffee, Virginia Circle.   Bring some pennies for a coffee afterwards. Book by 1 July. 5 to 6km Heidi Cox   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 0827064283 Please include cell number.  
Sun 1 August HOWICK – UMGENI VALLEY NATURE RESERVE – Various trails, lovely views, plenty of game & birdlife - last booking by Wed 28 July. R35 Entrance fee 14-16km Keith Ashton This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Please provide cell number when booking. 2+
09-Aug Bridget Richmond annual memorial hike at Nhlozana   Mike Richmond 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
Sat 4 Sept Spend the morning on the trails at Karkloof Country Club, bring your bike, walking, running, dog (on leash) various distances and fitness levels. Bike shop, café & bar available.Visitor's fee applies. Various Christine & John 0827826025  
19-Sep KARKLOOF. - Day hike through EVERDON ESTATES led by the man who knows the area better than anybody - previously this hike has proved to be very popular and has some of the most spectacular views in the area including Umgeni and Karkloof rivers - Cecil Hackney will lead the hike but please contact Keith. - Book early to secure your place - Last bookings by Wed 8 September as I am away the following week. R30 Donation per person 12-14km Keith Ashton This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Please provide cell number when booking. 2+
           
ADVANCE NOTICE          
Dates None at the moment Dist / Elevation Leader Contact Grd
           
           
           
Please note that we love to have visitors but request that, as non-members, a contribution towards the running costs of the club, to an amount
of R100 for overnight hikes, and R50 for non-overnight hikes (unless otherwise stated) be paid into the club's account ahead of the event.  
  Banking details as follows:        
  Bank: FNB        
  Westville Branch Code: 223526        
  Account Name: Mountain Backpackers Club        
  Account Number: 50780007264        
 

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