/ Bothies with fuel nearby
But need bothies with a stove and good fuel source ideally..
Was thinking Glen clova start through to Ruigh Aiteachain then through to Ben Alder Cottage, then fort william.. low level trails.. maybe the odd munro.. 30-40 miles/day..
Any other bothies to think about? Ben Alder has a small wood not too far away IIRC.. but the ghost is an issue.. no really.. I'll be on my own.. and the fact the fuel is a walk away..
My experience of bothys from a few years back was that they were always stocked with some wood. The code of conduct was to leave fuel for others when possible. Re those specific bothies , not sure.
That's a big ask - I've done same route in reverse in May - wouldn't want to try to do 30-40 miles a day in winter conditions. I do hope you'll be taking a tent as backup.
There is a bothy....next to the railway line...where they used to dump coal....which is now covered by vegetation but easy to find....
Have you checked here:
Gives general comments ref wood at bothies and whether to contact estates regarding stalking.
> I do hope you'll be taking a tent as backup.
Yes, he could always burn it when he can't find anything else for the stove.
Just FYI, there's nothing to burn near Culra although there is bog wood about a mile back up the path and Ben Alder cottage isn't haunted.
Yeah I wouldn't rely on fuel at any bothy I know of, I always carry it in.
But surprisingly little in the way of burnable wood.
So think I'll just do a 2 day run to another bothy from Glen clova, then drive round to aviemore and do the 4000ers at the weekend..
Glas Alt Sheil bothy beside loch muick is in a wood.....
Given recent weather I think you'd be hard put to find any wood lying around that's dry enough to burn
> The code of conduct was to leave fuel for others when possible.
Nah....burn it all....even if it's 30 degrees outside......
I have a feeling that Ruigh Aiteachain is actually stocked with wood, but will need to check with someone who was there last year.
My experience is that with a lot of bothies fuel-gathering and fire-maintenance can be almost more trouble than it's worth, especially if you've been running all day. Would you maybe be as warm in a really good bag? Or are you looking to try to dry things?
Looks like the estate want wood-gathering done on their terms, which is fair enough. Maybe worth a bell to make sure it's stocked? Quote from buddy who was there last winter:
"There was loads of wood when I was there, but the fire wasn't too clever at giving out heat really, but that seems to be par for the course. There was also a saw and a blunt hatchet"
Glenbuck also has large amounts of wood nearby.
Resourie bothy is in the middle of a forest!
Re fire hassle: I'd largely agree but sometimes the focus keeps you occupied, even if just for an hour or two. There's not a lot to do on your own in a bothy and while the heat produced can have minimum impact, the cheery glow helps keep those ghosts at bay.
Changed plans anyway, the train was £86 back from Fort William, so decided on a loop, so did a 22 mile run from Glen Tanar, over the hills next to Mt Keen, dropped into Glen Muick, then up to Glas-Allt Shiel,
Fantastic setting, plenty of wood, so had a fire going, then today ran out via the glens, windy day, but warm. 11.5 C according to my car thermometer driving out..
Nice few days, really like Glen Tanar, lovely caledonian pine forest then a nice scenic run out via glen muick and deeside then Dinnet oak woodlands..
Sounds good. So what bothy did you stay at?
That's the one with the steep ladder going up to the sleeping area? I recall drinking so much whiskey there the ladder felt like a VS!
How did you get on for wood at the Glas Allt Shiel? I remember stopping there an being frankly amazed at how lacking in deadwood the surrounding woods were - obviously picked clean!
Yeah its the one with the ladder.. great location.
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