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Self Rescue 1 Course

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 q 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:

  1. Prussics and their uses
  2. Tying off the belay plate
  3. Ascending a rope
  4. Lowering a climber and lowering past a knot
  5. Hoisting a stuck climber
  6. 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:

  1. A qualified Mountaineering Instructor affiliated with AMI
  2. Local & intimate knowledge of the venues
  3. Technical equipment 
  4. Professional coaching & instruction

What to bring

Waterproof Jacket

Waterproof Trousers

Fleece Layer

Spare Warm Top

Hat & Gloves

Boots/Approach Shoes 

You will need your own rock shoes

30-40L Rucksack

Lunch & Snacks

1 litre water

Personal Medication


Equipment Provided:



Belay Plate

Nut Key

120cm Sling

We recommend having a harness for this course.

Please bring any climbing hardware or ropes you may have.

We recommend leading on your own rack of gear.


Prior climbing experience such as: Be leading at VDiff/Severe or above - single pitch only leading is fine


We will send a full course itinerary on booking - please look out for our email.

Group discount available

£190 per person

Wed, 7th Sep
09:00 - 16:00 · 4 spaces left



Cancellation Policy


In the unlikely event we have to cancel, we will offer a full refund if an alternate date can't be offered.

We can also issue vouchers to be used on other events or sessions with us. 

If cancellation occurs within 30 days of the course or activity, we will retain 50% of the full price (your deposit).

If cancellation is within 14 days of the activity we will retain the full amount.

Winter course conditions: It may be necessary to change the outline of the courses to offer general mountaineering/mountain skills programmes with part refunds.


In the current COVID climate, here is our COVID stance and policy. 

Any booking that cannot go ahead due to Covid restrictions or national lockdowns will be given a full refund. 

In light of the successful vaccine roll out and easing of restrictions in England, we are not offering COVID refunds at this time. 

We take our health very seriously here at LDM, our instructors will wear face masks in close contact scenarios and we will regularly use hand sanitiser. Our instructors are double vaccinated and COVID aware, following all up to date information.

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Where we'll meet

The meeting location is decided on the day.

We like to use the Langdale or Borrowdale valleys, we will choose appropriate venues to maximise learning opportunities, this will be discussed on booking.

Lake District Mountaineering
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