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Self rescue for climbers course

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Practicing multi-pitch rescue skills in Langdale

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

At Lakeland Ascents, we believe that having well practiced self-rescue skills is an important a skill to to climbers as learning how to place protection, do a layback, or belay safely. While we have an excellent mountain rescue service in this country, you can’t rely on being able to contact them from remote mountain crags. Even if you can, the chances are that you’ll have to wait for a while until they arrive, by which time your situation could have got lot worse.

Join us on a self-rescue for climbers 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 quickly develop your skills in the following areas and more:

Simple problems:

  • Dealing with a knotted rope halfway up your pitch
  • Undoing stuck screwgates
  • Sorting things out when your second climbs past a runner

Not-so-simple problems:

  • Escaping the system
  • Rigging quick and effective hoist systems
  • Ascending and descending ropes safely (prusiking)
  • Abseiling past a knot
  • Lowering a partner past a knot
  • Hoisting past a knot

Complex problems:

  • Abseiling down the crag with an injured climber
  • Multi-pitch abseils with an injured climber
  • Counter-balanced abseils with injured climbers
  • Rescues on traverses
  • Accessing and rescuing an unconscious second
  • Rescuing an unconscious leader

Our Self-Rescue for Climbers course runs from the Lake District and Snowdonia. For courses in Scotland, please see Highland Ascents.

Finally, we also offer a variety of other rock climbing courses, these are:


Price and Dates: The prices for our courses are listed in the table below. We run private courses at a time that suits you. If you are an individual and do not want a 1:1 course, let us know and we will do our best to match you with other like-minded individuals. Click here to book or find out more. You can also contact us by phone on 07702 942980.

Course length (private courses)Price per person
2-day courseWeekend rate:

1 person (1:1) £540
2 people (1:2) £315pp

Discounted Monday - Friday rate:

1 person (1:1) £450
2 people (1:2) £270pp
3-day comprehensive courseWeekend rate:

1 person (1:1) £720
2 people (1:2) £420pp

Discounted Monday - Friday rate:

1 person (1:1) £600
2 people (1:2) £360pp


Ages and Abilities: We can cater to all ages and abilities, but it would be beneficial if you were comfortable leading at the VDiff level to get the most out of this course.

Group Sizes and Ratios: Your safety is our top priority, so the maximum instructor to client ratio that we work with is 1:2. If your group is larger than two people, we will provide more than one instructor.

Venue: We will select a venue that minimises your travel time. We are fortunate to have many options in the Lakes, Snowdonia, and Scotland.

Equipment: When you book, we will provide you with a list of equipment, but all you really need are warm and waterproof outdoor clothing and footwear. You can borrow harnesses, helmets, and rock gear from us, but we recommend that you use your own equipment if possible so that you can become familiar with it. We will provide all ropes.

Times: Typically, we will meet at around 9:15 am and finish at approximately 4:30 pm. However, we believe in providing bespoke, tailored days, so we will do our best to work around your other commitments and time constraints.

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