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Rescue skills course for climbing in the Lake District

rock skills

Rescue Skills for climbers

This course focusses on improvised rescue techniques for climbing.  This includes skills such as tying off a belay plate, hoisting climbers and escaping the system.  This course is recommended for those looking to be safe on mountain crags, sea cliffs and multi-pitch climbs.

This course is delivered by mountain professionals that are affiliated with the Association of Mountaineering Instructors





A self-rescue climbing course is aimed at experienced climbers who want to enhance their skills and knowledge to handle emergency situations while climbing.

This course is designed for individuals who have a solid foundation in rock climbing, including lead climbing, belaying, and anchor building.  It is focussed on those who engage in traditional (trad) climbing and place their own gear for protection, climbers who tackle routes with multiple pitches and potentially encounter complex scenarios and those venturing into sea cliff terrain. For all of these scenarios self-rescue knowledge is invaluable. 


Fundamentals and foundation skills:

Prussics and their uses

Tying off the belay plate

Ascending a rope

More Advanced Skills:

Lowering a climber and lowering past a knot

Hoisting a stuck climber

Escaping the system ​

Complex systems and emergency techniques:

Counter balance abseils

Abseiling with an injured climber

Multi pitch descents with an injured climbers

Traverse rescue scenarios if appropriate


Fundamentals of self rescue

Problem avoidance and prevention and fixing common problems 

Progressive approach from small issues to bigger rescues

Developing a solid platform to use in the event of solving more complex rescues. 



Have covered the course content in a safe and enjoyable outdoor environment 

Feel more confident about going for bigger objectives at more committing venues

Be able to tie off a belay device 

Lower and hoist a stuck climber 

Abseil past a knot and ascend a rope

Be in a stronger position to rescue a partner when rock climbing, using appropriate techniques and safe practice.


Small Group Sizes:

Our low instructor-to-participant ratio ensures personalised attention and maximum learning opportunities.

Certified Instructors:

Our experienced and certified instructors are dedicated to your safety and skill development.

Real-World Application:

The course is designed to equip you with practical skills for independent rock climbing adventures.

Beautiful Locations:

Enjoy learning in some of the most scenic and challenging rock climbing environments.

Expert Instruction:

Learn from certified instructors with extensive multi-pitch climbing experience.


These courses can be run bespoke for you on any date of your choosing in Spring, Summer and Autumn

We recommend that you get in touch to undertake this course with your group/climbing partner and we can schedule the dates to suit.

Just get in touch 

Course Ratios

1:4 Ratio 

This is an open course designed for you to meet like minded individuals and learn to climb together  

An instructor can teach up to 4 people on this course - we can provide additional instructors adhering to a 1:4 ratio. 

Minimum of 2 for courses to run



Under 18's must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian

Wear and fit a climbing harness correctly

Tie a rethreaded figure of eight knot

We recommend prior climbing experience such as:

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


Harness, helmet, ropes & climbing hardware are available to use and included in the price

We will share kit lists with you during the booking stage

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

Click here for a rock shoes buyers guide


These courses use the North Lakes and we use the crags of Borrowdale to deliver the outline of the course. 

We will meet in Keswick Climbing Wall Cafe for 9:00am

We will use crags around Keswick and Ireby for this course 

We like to use Sandale (Headend Quarry) for day 1 

Not quite what you're looking for?

Hire our Lake District Mountaineering instructors for private and tailored programmes.

Suited to your goals & ambitions to make the most of YOUR time in the mountains. 

Day rates: 

1:1 £240

1:2 £140pp

Climbing in Langdale in the Lake District


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

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