The changing face of bothy culture

Andy Samuel

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The MBA was created by rough-stuff cyclists. The secret howff built by skiers. Bob Scott's was the haunt of Mountaineers. Bothies as we know them came about as a means to an end, as a place to stay when engaging in other activities when no accommodation was available. But is this changing? Are bothies now becoming an end in themselves? A place to visit and stay in for the sole purpose of visiting and staying in a bothy? And in the process, is the very ethos of why open bothies came into being is lost? Is this something we should be concerned about? Is there a case for reminding bothy visitors of the rich heritage of these remote shelters? Before its forgotten? And if so could/should the MBA think about ways of improving the 'education' of this new wave of bothy users. Andy Samuel thinks so....
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Specialist publicationMountain Bothies Association: Newsletter
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018


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