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  • It looks like Greedy Chappie's bothy commercialism walk up at the Braemar Mountain Festival has been stopped by the wrath of God before he could cash-in up at Callater.  Oh dear, how sad, never mind.  We bet he regrets calling his book the Scottish Bothy Bible now...

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    Many readers will be aware of KPC member John Burn's fine book The Last Hillwalker .  What readers may be less aware of is John's exciting new project.  Due to the soaring success of his book, John has decided to branch out and totally cash in on his new found fame.  Remind you of anyone?  Tired of Greedy Chappie and his second rate Bothy Commercialising drivel?  Then why not branch out with the new champion of Commercial Bothy Tours?  "Even if you can beat them why not join them anyway?" says John.  What are you waiting for?  Complimentary burger, dram and tin of Bothy Flake may be included. 

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    Once again our resident singer-song writer Tealight has released another bothy smash hit.  'Hey Now' is a blistering commentary on what has become of the MBA in recent times with it's insidious support of the commercialisation of bothies.  Perhaps the misguided fools at the top of the MBA will sit-up and listen to the growing dissent out there before they totally destroy the culture of bothying?  Click on the image below for a wee listen:

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    Recently, we wrote to the MBA regarding Greedy Chappie's commercial guided walk to an MBA bothy at this year's Braemar Mountain Festival.  We got a thoroughly dispiriting, if predictable, reponse and News Release from the Chairman of the MBA:  

    "Thanks for getting in touch about Geoff Allan's [Greedy Chappie] planned walk as part of the Braemar Mountain Festival.  I've attached the MBA guidelines on commercial use of bothies & our view is that such a walk falls within those guidelines.  No overnight stays are being planned and bothy users should  not be inconvenienced. 
    Thank you again for drawing our attention to the proposed walk - we do rely on people such as yourself to keep us well informed about possible issues with the use of MBA bothies.
    With best wishes for the New Year!
     
    Simon ['Bollocks-to-the-Bothy-Code'] Birch
    Chairman, MBA"
     
     
    The Bothy Code clearly states that "Bothies are not available for commercial groups" i.e. there is NOTHING in the Bothy Code that differentiates between a 'lunch stop' and a 'pre-planned overnight stay'.  Therefore, it seems that the MBA is now condoning the commercial use of bothies against their own code.  This is unacceptable and we have subsequently put it to the MBA that this spurious (and disgraceful) separation of 'lunch stops' and 'overnight stays' for commercial groups is nothing more than cynical PR spin to protect one of their own, as, let's not forget, that Greedy Chappie is an MBA MO.
     
    This whole thing stinks to high Hell and we appeal to all MBA members who detest the commercialisation of bothies - now accepted by the MBA - to write to the MBA hierarchy and/or cancel their membership.
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