Shenavall Bothy Closed Early May

A work party from volunteer organisation the Mountain Bothies Association (MBA) is scheduled to hit Shenavall between 30 April and 6 May. During this time the bothy will be out of action for walkers and climbers.

Shenavall and Beinn Dearg Mor, 160 kb
Shenavall and Beinn Dearg Mor
© Peter Aikman

'Of course all Shenavall lovers are all welcome to come and join the fun' says bothy caretaker Peter Aikman, in a Hilltalk forum post. The MBA would welcome more volunteer workers - see their website for details. The main upstairs sleeping room will be available to any workers who don't want to camp. And a cook will be in attendance, says Peter.

The MBA have quite ambitious plans: to encase the new stairway to comply with fire regs; take down the partition wall between the "lounge" and "entrance hall" to make a bigger main room; open up the third downstairs room which has been locked; build a sleeping platform there and transform the (unsafe) hole in the ceiling into a locked hatch; install a couple of "escape" windows (those fire regs again); sweep the chimney; do some guttering and drainage and pull down the annexe. This work is urgently required in a heavily used bothy that is beginning to look tatty, say the MBA.

The installation of a stove is on the list for the longer term future.

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