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Self rescue for climbers

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Practicing multi-pitch rescue skills in Langdale

Do you have the skills and knowledge to get you and your climbing partner out of trouble should the worst happen whilst out climbing? Do you know how to escape the system and get to your partner quickly and safely if they were to injure themselves badly on a route? Don’t get caught out by thinking “it will never happen to me”.

We believe that self rescue skills are just as important to climbers as learning how to place protection, do a layback or belay safely. Although we have an excellent Mountain Rescue service in this country, you can’t rely on being able to get in touch with them from remote mountain crags and you will definitely have to wait a while for them to arrive… by which time it could be too late.

Join us on a 2 day course where our professional instructors will teach you how to get yourselves out of all manner of trouble, from the simple to the complicated, we’ll look at the following and more:

  • How to deal with knots part way through the rope
  • What to do if your partner climbs past a runner
  • How to escape the system safely and quickly
  • How to rig quick and effective hoist systems to help your partner over tough moves or to get them within reach of you
  • How to ascend and descend a rope to get to your partner quickly
  • How to abseil, including passing a knot
  • How to lower your partner past a knot
  • How to perform complex rescues on multi-pitch crags of an unconscious partner

Our courses can be run from pretty much anywhere in the mountains of the Lake District, Wales or Scotland.


Price: Prices for 2 full days of instruction and climbing are below.

Number of peopleTotal price (2 day course)Price per person (2 day course)
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Click here to make a booking or to find out more. You can also contact us by telephone on 07702 942980.

Ages and abilities: We can cater for all ages and abilities, but being happy to lead Severe would help you get the most of this course .

Group sizes and ratios: We put your safety first so the maximum instructor:client ratio that we will work to is 1:2 – if your party is bigger than 2 people then there will be more than one instructor.

Venue: We will choose a venue that minimises the travelling that you need to do. We are spoilt for choice in the Lakes, Snowdonia and in Scotland too.

Kit: We will share a kit list with you when you book. You will ideally need your own climbing rack and equipment. We will provide all ropes.

Times: Generally we would look to meet at around 09.30 and be finished by around 16.30. However, we believe in bespoke, tailored days so we will always do our best to work around your other commitments and time constraints.

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