Sunday, 12 October 2014

Mountain Bothies- Celebrating 50 years of the MBA

12 October 2014

The book is now available, £10 per copy including p&p obtainable through the MBA website

This is what is in it:
"Anyone who travels in the remoter parts of the country will almost certainly have come across a mountain bothy. These are usually old cottages or farm buildings which, with the agreement of the owners, have been restored as basic shelters, open to all.
Over 100 such shelters are maintained by volunteers from the Mountain Bothies Association. This book tells the story of how Bernard Heath formed the Association 50 years ago. It recalls how some of the buildings which are today’s bothies were found. It includes the history of some of these buildings and of the people who once lived in them.  It includes tales of work parties, some of which have found their way into MBA folklore, and shows that although materials and methods of working may have changed, the enthusiasm of volunteers has not. Illustrated by photographs, line drawings, and cartoons, it is a celebration of 50 years of activity by volunteers who take delight in maintaining simple shelters in remote country for the use and benefit of all who love wild and lonely places."

It is essential reading for anyone who uses or has used these unique shelters.

1 comment:

blueskyscotland said...

I met Bernard a couple of times repairing bothies in the far north years ago. Although wood burning stoves are more fuel efficient I still miss the open fires that used to be in most... must be an age thing. I'm glad there are still so many open though in 2014 thanks to volunteers like yourself.