Winter Mountain Safety Lecture – Matt Groves

Decision time…

Presented by Matt Groves

Fort William based Matt Groves MIC presents the third in the 2018 series of Clachaig’s Winter Mountain Safety Lectures.

About the lecture:

What is the recipe for good decisions in the winter mountains? How many different things do we need to take into account to get it right? What options do you have, and how or when should you make that call? And also, who is the decision actually for?

Some of these questions lead to the heart of what we are doing in the mountains, and why there is so much satisfaction to be had from a good quality day out. But the right call can be hard, and things can go wrong.

Making the right decisions can come from so many different factors – this interactive lecture will begin to explore this, with a look at examples through the benefit of hindsight, and will shed light on the journey to critical decision making.


Clachaig’s lectures are informal by design, and will hopefully be as entertaining as they are educational. For 2018 lectures will be presented in the Boots Bar. There is no charge for entry. Start will be 8pm approx. If part of a larger group, please give us some advance notice so that we can do our best to prepare accordingly. To help us to continue to improve and develop the series, we’d be very grateful for your feedback after the lecture.

The series is sponsored by Rab.  Please give them your support and encouragement so that the lecture series can continue to be provided free at the point of delivery.


About Matt:

Matt Groves holds the Mountaineering Instructor Certificate (MIC) and has 30 years of mountaineering experience. Based at West Highland College UHI in Fort William, Matt is Programme Leader for the “Adventure Pathways” degree programmes at the School of Adventure Studies, which is part of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).  His teaching specialisms include aspects of decision making and psychology of coaching and leadership, which he has brought to undergraduate students in the classroom and in the field for over 10 years.


Rab - The Mountain PeopleAbout the Lecture Series


Now in the 33rd year, the Clachaig Winter Mountain Safety Lecture series is the longest running safety initiative of its kind. Designed to be a last port of call before setting off into the winter hills, each lecture will look at key safety considerations which may well be a timely reminder when planning your outing for the next day. Read more about the lecture series…


We are particularly keen to ensure that the lecture series remains FREE ENTRY as it has done since its inception. However, there are costs and we are extremely grateful for the backing and financial support of Rab. Their belief in the value of the lectures has ensured that the series can continue to be delivered for the 2018 season.


Whilst the lectures are free, we will be asking you to part with a pound, or three, as we raise funds for Glencoe Mountain Rescue throughout the course of FebruaryFest.


feb-fest-2018-squareThere are some great prizes from Rab and a range of other local and connected businesses. Read more about The Big Winter Raffle.


Tickets will be on sale on the night, and throughout February at Clachaig

At a glance

  • From: 27th February 2018 08:00 pm
  • To: 27th February 2018 10:00 pm
  • At: The Boots Bar

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