Winter Mountain Safety Lecture – Matt Groves

“What you see is all there is”

Rab - The Mountain People

Presented by Matt Groves

Fort William based Matt Groves MIC presents the first in the 2020 series of Clachaig’s Winter Mountain Safety Lectures.

About the lecture:

Situational awareness is at the heart of good mountain decision making – if we’re not aware of it, we can’t act on it. Building on current thinking in decision making psychology, we learn that “what you see” may not always be as simple as it seems. This lecture will explore ways to overcome our blind spots and develop better situational awareness in the mountains, both individually and as a group.

Clachaig’s lectures are informal by design, and will hopefully be as entertaining as they are educational. For 2020 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.


About the Lecture Series


Now in the 35th 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 2020 season.


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


There 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

Supported by Nevisport Fort William

At a glance

  • From: 4th February 2020 08:00 pm
  • To: 4th February 2020 10:00 pm
  • At: The Boots Bar

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