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Self rescue for climbers course

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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 because they have injured themselves badly on a route? Above all, don’t get caught out by thinking “it will probably never happen to me”.

We believe that self rescue skills are certainly 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 contact them from remote mountain crags. The chances are that you will definitely have to wait a while until they arrive… by which time it could be too late.

Join us on a 2 day 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, half way 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 unconcious second
  • Rescuing an unconscious leader

This 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: Prices are in the table below. We run private courses at a time that suits you. If you are on your own and don’t want a 1:1 course, let us know and we’ll do our best to hook you up with other likeminded people.

Course length (private courses)Price per person
2-day introductory course

4-day comprehensive course
1 person (1:1) £420

2 people (1:2)£220

1 person (1:1) £795

2 people (1:2) £420

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, but all you really need are warm and waterproof ‘outdoor’ clothes and footwear. You can borrow harnesses, helmets and rock gear from us, but we’d advise that you use your own kit if you have it so that you can get used to using it. We will provide all ropes.

Times: Generally we would look to meet at around 09.15 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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