self rescue 1

Join us and learn improvised rescue for climbing.  How to prussic up and down a rope, tying off a belay plate, hoisting and escaping the system.

We can teach you

1 Day Course

1 person £190

2 people: £210 (£105pp)

3-4 people: £90pp



Self rescue is important for any climber.

As climbers we need lots of skills, knowledge and understanding of many different systems and this can all be a little daunting. ​


Join us on this 1 day course where we can introduce you to the fundamentals of self rescue and the techniques involved to deal with common problems encountered at the crag. 

We will be looking at the simple ways to fix common problems and developing a solid platform to use in the event of solving more complex rescues. 

This is all about improvised rescue - we will deal with problems pragmatically and look at how to solve them using our regular climbing gear.  Our solutions will be carried out from the gear you would be expected to carry on the lead. 

Expect to cover:

  • Prussics and their uses

  • Tying off the belay plate

  • Ascending a rope

  • Lowering a climber and lowering past a knot

  • Hoisting a stuck climber

  • Escaping the system ​


From here, we can progress onto day 2 and look at using these skills on more complex terrain and understand how to utilise them appropriately.  Check out Self Rescue 2 for more information. 

The price of this course is inclusive of:

  • A qualified Mountaineering Instructor affiliated with AMI

  • Local & intimate knowledge of the venues

  • Technical equipment 

  • Professional coaching & instruction

  • Small ratios and focussed guiding

Read more about AMI here: About AMI


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Exclusive discount for LDM customers when booking this course

Course Ratios

1:4 Ratio - 4 people per 1 instructor

We will be using single pitch terrain and the instructor will be able to supervise up to 4 people (2 teams)


A party larger than 4 will require multiple instructors - we can supply instructors adhering to our ratios - please enquire.  

Feel free to book as an individual, and we will try to find another climber to run at 1:2 and maximise learning opportunities.  If you want an exclusive booking, then please let us know and will run at 1:1.


Wear and fit a harness correctly

Tie a rethreaded figure of eight knot

We recommend having prior climbing experience such as:

Be leading at VDiff/Severe or above - single pitch only leading is fine

We can work from your current skill set 


All technical equipment is provided. 

We will share kit lists with you during the booking stage

Ropes and climbing hardware all provided and inclusive of the price

Harness & Helmet provided but

ideally you will have your own

Your own belay plate and prussic cords would be ideal

You will need to wear suitable outdoor clothing and have your own rock shoes


Our venues are carefully selected and tailored to get the most out of the programme. 

We regularly use the Langdale & Borrowdale valleys but there are many good areas to choose from - let us know where you're saying and we can tailor the programme

We will use well known climbs, allowing us to teach in contact on real world terrain.

All dates, courses and sessions are displayed on our booking system.  Follow the book now button to view all of our availability and book your course.

Please request a date if our calendar doesn't match your availability

Looking for a bespoke course?

For further information and enquiries, please use the contact form

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Stirrup Hoist

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Traverse rescue - escaping the system
Traverse rescue - escaping the system

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Y Hang Abseil

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Stirrup Hoist

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We look forward to hearing from you and working towards your mountaineering ambitions and helping to achieve your goals. 

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