Last night Mountain Bothies program on BBC 2 Scotland – well worth the licence fee!

Those who follow my blog will be aware of my love for the Mountain  bothys a unique and wonderful addition to our Mountain Culture. I have been asked why I love them so much by many people and will try to explain my love of these basic shelters and the people who meet them? I was privileged to have been asked to speak at the MBA AGM in Newtonmore on Sat 17 October after their Annual General Meeting and it reminded me of so many stories in my days on the hills throughout Scotland. It was great meeting so many characters on that night and I was told that the BBC were making a program on the MBA and its long history.  Last night I watched it and I loved the one hour program it took me to another world and was a great visit to some of the classic bothies and characters that love and care for them. For me the “Cairngorm Wanderer” Neil Reid was a star in the show the man who empties the toilets in Corrour bothy what a job but what a love of these places he spoke as they all did with such feeling and love.  The whole program made a long winters night with the wind rattling the windows and the fire on a bit more special.  Some may say that this may bring many to these wonderful places and in the end may spoil them but is that not elitist?. To me it showed why we love and care for these places. It let others see why we have this enthusiasm and was a great insight into bothy life and we maybe get a few out and about and see what we have in this wild land and all it takes is the effort.  I loved the fact that so many outdoor folk and activities were represented, biking, kayaking, walking and just being a bothy gangrel.  Each of us has a love of these places and well done to the BBC and the MBA for doing this program and those who look after the maintenance and the toilets! My mind is buzzing and my winter wander to a bothy will be soon after the New Year I will still get the same buzz as I pack my bag as I did over 50 years ago. Thanks to the MBA and the BBC for making my evening.

Documentary telling the story of the Mountain Bothy Association, an organisation dedicated to providing shelter for people travelling through the wilds of Scotland.

First shown: 9pm 9 Dec 2015

Available for 29 days Why? Duration60 mins
A grand read ! SEE MBA Website for info!

A grand read ! SEE MBA Website for info!

My early walking days were spent in Galloway and the BackHill Bush bothy was the first one I had stayed in as a 12-year-old.  My Dad had showed me the bothys on our various adventures but I had never stayed in one.  I was glad to see it after a big wintry day on these wild  hills  I was making up the numbers for a Duke of Edinburgh Award the rest of the group were 15 to 16.  I remember vividly the bothy fire, the smell of wood smoke, the flickering candle,  the beans and sausage, the bothy book, the bothy mouse and the stories. As I hid in the corner I was a shrinking violet them but what an introduction to me. What an impression this wee place made on me one that was to last for years.  As I look through my slides and photos I have so many great memories especially in the winter when they are quite and few venture out. I still get a huge thrill when I pack my bag and head to a bothy it is still a childlike love for these places in my heart.

Mountain Bothies Association what a great present a years subs?

Mountain Bothies Association what a great present a years subs? Give something back?

Give something back

The Mountain Bothies Association.

I have had so much great times in the bothies what a superb idea for maybe a present for that person who loves the wild places?

The MBA – With the permission and support of the owners, these shelters are unlocked and are available for anyone to use. All of our maintenance activities are carried out by volunteers. We welcome new members who want to support our work, either by attending work parties or by contributing financially through subscriptions and donations.

Most of the MBA bothies are in Scotland with others in England and Wales.

http://www.mountainbothies.org.uk/Subscriptions

Our full membership subscription is £20 per year. A reduced rate of £10 applies to junior members (under 16), the unwaged and to all members over 60. The membership year runs from 1st Jan to 31st Dec but, if you join on or after 1st October, your membership is valid for the whole of the following year.

http://www.mountainbothies.org.uk/Subscriptions

Our full membership subscription is £20 per year. A reduced rate of £10 applies to junior members (under 16), the unwaged and to all members over 60. The membership year runs from 1st Jan to 31st Dec but, if you join on or after 1st October, your membership is valid for the whole of the following year.

Life membership is available, contact the membership office for details.

About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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One Response to Last night Mountain Bothies program on BBC 2 Scotland – well worth the licence fee!

  1. David says:

    Was hoping to see it on iplayer, unfortunatly it’s not available to watch in Belgium.
    Thanks for the great read.

    Liked by 1 person

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