Essentials Talk 2023

And a new Safety Rescue card

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The Essentials Talk helps you answer the critical question “Is it safe out there?” We explain that there is no simple yes or no answer. The right answer is it depends on you. It depends on

  • Where you go and when,
  • How you go down or up and
  • How well prepared you are.

The hour and a half ‘Essentials’ talk explains how the ACCIDENT REDUCTION FRAMEWORK works and how you can use this to make going off piste just as safe as driving to the resort.

The talk is full of exciting images, videos and stories of accidents, great skiing along with close calls with danger. In this talk, we will deliver a risk management formula that will help you to see how skiing off-piste can be no more dangerous than the activities that you engage in each day.

Watch an introduction to the talk here

The Essentials talk is not just for people new to off piste

We’re going to discuss the latest lessons from recent research on the Human Factor and how it applies to decision making and risk taking in the backcountry and off-piste skiing. Why it is that when there are clear clues indicating danger, people who ‘should know better’ (have the basic training needed in order to recognise these clues) , still get caught out in avalanches?

Henry describes The Essentials talk

“In The Essentials talk, we go into the fundamental aspects of how to make decisions and reduce risks in the backcountry – Where you go and when, how you go down or up and how well prepared you are for a crisis. These skills are crucial to risk management and helping to make off-piste skiing as safe as driving to the resort itself … IF applied”

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Pocket Guide to Accident Reduction 

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When you attend a talk you will receive a copy of Henry’s Accident Reduction card plus a Safety Rescue card

The Accident Reduction card provides you with an accident reduction framework, a ‘weapon’, to help you fight human factors’ distractions which are the origin of most accidents.

Avalanche experts have shown that education is not enough to reduce the chance of an accident. There’s overwhelming proof that we all need help applying the basics to be safe – and thus have more fun. The good news – you do not need to be perfect to be safe.

The Safety Rescue card  reminds you of the most important things to do in the event of an avalanche accident.

Pricing and tickets

The live events cost £19.50 per person with reductions for buying 2 or more tickets. This includes a copy of the Pocket Guide which helps you apply the ACCIDENT REDUCTION FRAMEWORK

Plus Henry has added in a  safety rescue card that reminds you of the most important steps you should follow in the event of an accident.

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Live Talks in Ellis Brigham Store

The talk will be delivered live at Ellis Brigham Stores

Covent Garden       Monday 30th October  2023                     2000
St Pauls.                   Wednesday 1st November 2023.             1915
Manchester             Monday 13th November 2023.                 1830
Glasgow.                  Monday 20th November 2023.                 2015



Essentials Talk (Covent Garden) 30th October 2023

Essentials Talk (St Pauls) 1st November 2023

Essentials Talk (Manchester) 13th November 2023

Essentials Talk (Glasgow) 20th November 2023

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