Winter Mountain Safety Lectures
Every year, on Tuesday nights through the month of February, you’ll find a gathering of climbers, skiers and hill-goers gathered in the Bidean Lounge Bar at at Clachaig Inn, right in the heart of Glencoe. The series of Clachaig Winter Mountain Safety Lectures has run every year since 1985, and is intended to provide a last minute reminder of some of the preparations and skills to have to hand before venturing into the Scottish winter hills.
The lectures were initially set up by then Landlord Peter Daynes in conjunction with Andy Fanshawe who was National Officer at the BMC. It was seen as an important measure to try and improve mountain safety, especially as many people were arriving in the glen having travelled long distances. Keen to go out come what may, and without any immediate knowledge of local conditions (no social media back then!), the lectures were a great way to get key messages across. One of the underlying principles was that they must be delivered free at the point of delivery.
Mammut UK support Mountain Safety
Since Winter 2014, the series has been sponsored by outdoor clothing and equipment company, Mammut UK.
The support of Mammut UK ensures that after 32 years the Winter Mountain Safety Lectures continue to be delivered FREE of charge, providing a hugely valuable resource to mountaineers staying in the area during the peak winter season. In addition, donated raffle prizes have also allowed for the Big Winter Raffle, with a target of £2000 each winter being raised for mountain rescue and mountain safety initiatives.
2014 BWR – £2624 raised – proceeds split between Glencoe MRT and Avalanache Transceiver Park
2015 BWR – £2335 raised – proceeds split between Glencoe MRT and Avalanache Transceiver Park
2016 BWR – £1210 raised – proceeds to Glencoe MRT
2017 BWR & Yard Sale – £2010.60 raised – proceeds to local villages public access defibrillator fund
Over the last 4 years, the BIg Winter Raffle has raised £8180 for a variety of causes: for Glencoe Mountain Rescue and to set up the Glencoe Mountain Avalanche Transceiver Park, and the local villages public access defibrillators fund.
Clachaig’s Winter Mountain Safety Lectures will be back on Tuesday evenings through February 2018.
The 2017 Series - 32 Years of Safety Lectures
Each year the line up changes, as does the subject choice, However, the lectures are always a fine balance of education and knowledge, whilst maintaining a fun and light hearted approach, delivered by locally based mountain professionals.
The line up for 2017 is…
Tuesday 7th February
Planning for the expected and the unexpected in the winter hills
Tuesday 14th February
Preparing for Adventures (And avoiding misadventures!) in the Scottish winter mountains
Tuesday 28th February
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