In depth Talk – Triggering


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This in-depth talk builds on the Essentials talk and goes in depth into

  • How avalanches are triggered
  • The Human Factor

It is crucial that have attended an Essentials talk before coming to the In-depth talk. This is a follow up talk.

How avalanches are triggered

We discuss the latest thinking and theory on how, where, and why avalanches are triggered (and why not). This talk uses graphics and video to show you how huge avalanches of tens of thousands of tons can be triggered by one person weighing just 60Kg. Understanding why/how/where this happens can help you reduce your risk of being caught. Perhaps the most important point that’s addressed, in terms of human factors, is why most of the time a large avalanche is not triggered when the danger level is high, the slope is unstable and it ‘should’ have released.

The Human Factor

We 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 people who should know better, still get caught out in avalanches?

Henry described the in depth talk

“Here we look at how, why and where avalanches are triggered and how you can use that understanding to help manage risk. But it’s the reinforcement of applying these strategies and how to deal with the impulsive action ‘traps’, i.e. not applying our experience and knowledge that then leads to accidents, that we explore in both talks”.

Off piste ski tourers In depth talk

Pocket guide to Accident Reduction

HAT off piste skier pocket guide

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 and human factors 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 Stores

The talk will be delivered live at Ellis Brigham Stores

Covent Garden     Tuesday 31st October 2023             2000
St Pauls.                 Thursday 2nd November 2023.       1915
Manchester           Tuesday 14th November 2023.       1830
Glasgow.                Tuesday 21st November 2023.        2015


In depth Talk (Covent Garden) 31st October 2023

In depth Talk (St Pauls) 2nd November 2023

In depth Talk (Manchester) 14th November 2023

In depth Talk (Glasgow) 21st November 2023