Ok, so you will probably laugh.
I have an aspiration to go out more this year and especially further afield from South Wales. I got looking at trips to remote areas and inevitably got looking at bothies. Now I love camping but I also love bothies too and a bothy trip (or 2) is already on my 2012 things to do list. I have been looking at the ones in Wales, The Lakes and especially Scotland. Having seen other bloggers reports of bothy trips I am increasingly keen to get a few more under my belt. Thanks James btw, its all your fault!!!
The thought of a really remote bothy, with a wood fire and nothing but mountains and sky for company really appeals to me. And I dont mind if its on my own or with others I just have this hankering to get at least one (new) one done this year. That doesnt mean to say that the tent is taking second place. No, because the bothy trip or trips (hopefully) will take some serious planning (route of walk in, extra stuff to carry – wood mostly, etc) and so will be a special occasion. I will also be trying to plan one for me and the kids as well sometime in the spring or summer but that will be “less remote” for obvious reasons.
So the hopeful bit? Well that’s the aspiration of several bothy trips in one year, but in a fit of enthusiasm have also joined the MBA. I know that you dont need to be a member to use the facilities but its a kind of paying it forward exercise if you like…. Well it makes sense to me anyhow 🙂 I just like the fact that there is an organisation that maintains these shelters and provides for the safety and enjoyment of those that seek it out in all the wild and lonely places
All I have to do now is decide which one to go for first