Thoughts and guidelines…..

We hope to see the first Bell’s Bothy Challenges being done in the first week of January, and look forward to hearing about them. We will be there at some stage in early January but will not be staying in the bothy, but in our campervan on the shores of Loch Slapin. We are still getting things sorted on the website for you to post on the blog, and if you are unable to, please send your stories and pictures to theneilmackenzietrust@dr.com and we will post them.

Our aims for the Challenge are that you:

Challenge yourself

Meet others

Help to keep the area around Camasunary Bothy rubbish free (or an area of your choice)

Raise money for and help to promote The Neil Mackenzie Trust, by reporting back on your challenge.

Please be aware of the Mountain Bothies Association Guidelines: http://www.mountainbothies.org.uk/bothy-code.asp

and the Outdoor Access Code

Principles – the Code is based on three key principles:

Respect the interests of other people.

Acting with courtesy, consideration and awareness is very important.  If you are exercising access rights, make sure that you respect the privacy, safety and livelihoods of those living or working in the outdoors, and the needs of other people enjoying the outdoors.  If you are a land manager, respect people’s use of the outdoors and their need for a safe and enjoyable visit.

Care for the environment.

If you are exercising access rights, look after the places you visit and enjoy, and leave the land as you find it. If you are a land manager, help maintain the natural and cultural features which make the outdoors attractive to visit and enjoy.

Take responsibility for your own actions.

If you are exercising access rights, remember that the outdoors cannot be made risk-free and act with care at all times for your own safety and that of others. If you are a land manager, act with care at all times for people’s safety.

For more information visit: http://www.outdooraccess-scotland.com/ and of course if you are carrying out your Challege outside Scotland respect all access codes/laws relating to the country you are in.