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[–]HotAssaultedNuts 39 points40 points  (0 children)

i've checked out, but didn't stay at the bothie at Warnscale Head, surprisingly nice and well cared for.

Here's a map of them in the UK: https://www.mountainbothies.org.uk/bothies/location-map/

[–]Thor4269 52 points53 points  (12 children)


What they are called elsewhere

[–]VEI8 26 points27 points  (8 children)

Stayed in some of these with friends doing backcountry skiing in Alaska. Ended up meeting lots of cool folks doing the same. It was a great time and I would highly recommend it.

[–]Thor4269 13 points14 points  (5 children)

If I was physically able to do a hiking hunt I would stay in one, unfortunately I'm pretty broken so I can't go deep enough into the wilderness to get to one

[–]VEI8 5 points6 points  (4 children)

What's ailing you?

[–]Thor4269 12 points13 points  (3 children)

Chronic knee, back, and shoulder pain caused by football, cancer, and underage labor respectively (although football probably contributed too)

[–]Part_Time_Puns 17 points18 points  (1 child)

You busted, stay home and read. You earned it.

[–]BornInTheRSA 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah for real, I will exert much less effort through my entire life than you have only up till now.

[–]VEI8 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You sound a lot like me, minus the cancer. I can't speak to your problems, but I can tell you about how I've dealt with mine. I have degenerative disk disease, spinal stenosis, and a messed up knee from a torn PCL. The only thing that has continuously helped deal with the chronic pain from those issues has been a regular exercise regimen.

See your doctor and see if he'll sign off on it. Staying active is really good medicine for chronic pain. Best of luck to you!

[–]KingCannibal 0 points1 point  (1 child)

How do you know if it's a shared one and not a private hut you'd risk getting shot at trying to enter?

[–]VEI8 1 point2 points  (0 children)

When I went, I was with friends from the area. They were part of a local group that helped maintain them, so that's how we knew. I suppose if you find yourself in the wilderness and find a hut, approach with caution!

[–]parabol-a 3 points4 points  (0 children)

We (at the top-left corner of the bottom-left corner of Canada) call our local one the secret cabin.

It’s fairly difficult to access, near impossible to find on one’s own without prior knowledge, but I can walk there from my house and back in a day.

It’s at least 50 years old, and the view from the ‘patio’ is breathtaking. It’s one of my favourite nature spots in the world.

PM me if you see me in the logbook!

[–]dog_in_the_vent 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Naturally the British use their own term, and it's delightfully more playful than "wilderness hut".

[–]joinville_x 6 points7 points  (0 children)

It's a Scottish word, probably derived from the Gaelic word bothan, meaning hut.

[–]IAMZEUSALMIGHTY 14 points15 points  (1 child)

New Zealand has about 1000 of these, but we call them huts.

[–]elPresident3 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I just watched the movie, “The Hunt for the Wilderpeople” and they stay in huts when they’re out in the bush. I was confused at what they were at first!

[–]redditprocrastinator 5 points6 points  (0 children)


Bibbulmun track in South-West Western Australia also has such shacks.

[–]nurseclank 4 points5 points  (2 children)

In case anyone is wondering, it's pronounced 'baw-thees' not 'bo-thees'

[–]caudalcuddler 2 points3 points  (0 children)



[–]southeast_dirtbag 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I stayed in a fair number of them up in the Scottish Highlands last spring

[–]parabol-a 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That sounds like an amazing trip

[–]lurking_digger 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Oh, Howard!


[–]drfsrich 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think we've really cracked it this time!

[–]jontss 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A lot of cottagers in Canada I've met keep the key by the door in the winter. Reason explained to me is snow mobilers and hunters will look for places to stay, either for convenience or emergency, and if you don't leave the key they'll likely break in anyway and if they have to break in they'll probably treat your place like shit and destroy it but if the key is there they'll probably take care of it as a thank you.

[–]Arkazex 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I've stayed in one of those before. They're quite nice, but holy tits the rats were not afraid of people.

[–]byllz3 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I remember when I first learned of bothies, I came across this chilling story. Be safe.

[–]FoodBeerBikesMusic 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m all proud I knew this.

(I had looked it up after hearing the line “...duck under the eaves of the bothy...” in “Yon Two Crows” by Mark Knopfler).

[–]JimDixon10 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's how they're used today, but the term "bothy" originated when these buildings were used as temporary shelters for farm workers.

Here's a description of the "bothy system" from 1843.

[–]L3-W15 0 points1 point  (0 children)

We used to use the near by one to get messed up drunk in :-)

[–]EryduMaenhir3 -3 points-2 points  (5 children)

Do not attempt this in the US if you don't know the area and aren't absolutely certain it's a publicly accessible abode. That's how you get shot in some places. (just a warning, I'm nit going to shoot you, but backcountry folk generally want their privacy if they live out isolated like that, and especially in the rural South, self defense shootings wouldn't be unusual.)

[–]dreamweapon 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Except for the fact that they have them every fifteen miles on the Appalachian Trail, and thousands of people use them each year without incident.

[–]DocWattz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's not exactly what he's talking about.

[–]EryduMaenhir3 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

These fall under "absolutely certain it's a publicly accessible abode" cause they're marked. I've done a bit of the AT.

[–]parabol-a 6 points7 points  (1 child)

That seems a bit over-the-top.

Like... not even tell somebody to leave, just up’n shoot’em?

[–]EryduMaenhir3 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeahhh, some people are crazy.

[–]ZeroHex -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Still doesn't explain those random sets of stairs you find.