Urgent versus Important

guest post by Alastair Humphreys Frustrated at the continual interruptions of modern life, I headed to a bothy in the hills to get some work done on my book. It was the most productive three days I have managed in ages! I’ve been trying to get this book written for so long, but life and…

Charlotte & Gerrit’s workparty

About the only thing that turned out as expected was the weather – the traditional perfect weather of May workparties at Warnscale Head.  In the week leading up to it I was notified of two potential major disruptions. First it was the weekend of the Fred Whitton Challenge, with 2500 cyclists effectively closing the road…

Workparty 5-7 May 2017

The work party will start on the morning of Saturday 6 May – meet at the bothy about 10 a.m. As always, you are very welcome to just turn up;  but it is helpful to have an idea of numbers in advance (denis.mollison@gmail.com / 0131 665 2055). The main task is to put in a…

Vision and Strategy?

[To appear in the MBA Newsletter, Spring 2017] Why, what, when and how? These are basic questions for any organisation. They cover the range from head in clouds (why do we exist?) to feet on the ground (how are we going to achieve that?). The ‘Why’ is easy; it is set out in our constitution:…

Fleetwith in cold sunshine

I took advantage of a free morning in the area to make a quick circuit of the bothies on Valentine’s Day. There was a cold east wind which swept around Fleetwith, but the Edge itself was mainly sheltered and the views beautiful. Dubs Hut was clean and tidy – I removed a small amount of…

New year again

Tuesday 3rd January  was a day of wind, drizzle and low cloud.  There’s no need to feel sorry for Daisy and me as we’d enjoyed beautiful if colder weather the day before on a circuit over Grasmoor and Whiteless Pike. It was good to find the bothy tidy, and with appreciative comments in the Visitors…

A stove at last

After years of hesitation – is it making the bothy too comfortable? – we have installed a stove at Warnscale Head. Five of us met at Honister Slate Mine on the morning of Friday 24th June, and by lunchtime on Saturday it was installed and tested.  The photos below tell the story. The stove itself…

Perfect working weather

Ten of us enjoyed a perfect weekend improving the bothy and its surroundings. The interior was cleared out, with scaffolding plank benches replacing the piles of stones, and the fireplace stripped back to its original state.  Debris was dug out from the back and end sides, revealing a water source – with resident newt –…

Planning a May work party

On Sunday 6th March, Daisy and I made a day trip down from Edinburgh to firm up on plans for summer work parties, meeting David Moorat at the bothy, in glorious spring weather. We did small amounts of different tasks, so as to assess whether they are likely to be successful and how long they…

An ABC of bothy maintenance

Some thoughts for the MBA’s 50th Anniversary A is for Anarchist The MBA began with the idea that those who visit bothies should take responsibility for looking after them. If we take the idea seriously, perhaps the ideal bothy is one where the MBA does nothing? Warnscale Head could not have kept going for 30…

Visitors’ book

This is for you.  The bothy relies on its visitors to keep it as they would like to find it. For every one who leaves a mess, luckily there are ten prepared to tidy up, or to carry out a little extra rubbish. Thank you. Comments and reports are always welcome – whether in the…

New Year clean-up

December saw at least one very untidy visitor, so Neale and his brother Stuart came to help on Twelfth Night for a New Year clean-up. Phoebe and Neil joined us, their faulty satnav having suggested that Warnscale Head is just off the route from North Wales to London.  Some rubbish was burned, and the rest…