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Self Rescue for Climbing

Introduction Level - 1 day | Prices from £95.00

A great course for both leaders and seconds alike. Our aim is to develop self-reliance in dealing with emergency situations on single / multi pitch climbs based on a solid foundation of core rock climbing self-rescue and problem solving techniques. We will explore these techniques in a safe friendly learning environment first.

The actual techniques covered will use the equipment usually carried by rock climbers rather than specialist rescue equipment.

This is an ideal day to compliment any of our climbing courses.

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Dates & Prices

Cost (with accommodation): £120.00
Cost (no accommodation): £95.00
Cost (with accommodation): £120.00
Cost (no accommodation): £95.00
Cost (with accommodation): £120.00
Cost (no accommodation): £95.00
Cost (with accommodation): £120.00
Cost (no accommodation): £95.00

Is It For Me?

This course is for climbers who are primarily operating on multi-pitch climbs and are looking to learn some core techniques to deal with emergency situations, such as a stuck or injured climber on a multi –pitch climb, where immediate help will not be available or slow to arrive. The actual techniques covered will use the equipment usually carried by rock climbers rather than specialist rescue equipment.

Course Aims

To develop self reliance in dealing with emergency situations on multi pitch climbs based on a solid foundation of core rock climbing self rescue and problem solving techniques.

Course Content

You will usually be in a team of four with one instructor. Meeting your instructor in the morning provides an opportunity to discuss you and the other participants experience and aspirations, enabling the instructor to plan the program around the main topics to be covered.

The main topics to be covered are:

  • Re-cap of core rope work (tying into multi-point anchors) and belaying both leader and second.
  • Personal abseiling using self-protection.
  • Evacuating an injured casualty from a crag using a Y hang or equivalent.
  • Specialist rescue techniques such as hoist systems – assisted and unassisted hoists, and if appropriate for the participants escaping the system.
  • Ascending and descending a fixed rope e.g. prussiking.
  • Developing a ‘simple solutions to complex problems’ process

What Will I Need?

Glenmore Lodge has a large, and very comprehensive store of up to date clothing and equipment. You are welcome to use your own equipment and pick and choose odd items from the store. Your instructor will want to check that personal equipment is appropriate for the activity.

If you are thinking about buying equipment but are not too sure what to get we would advise you to come and try our equipment and then make your purchases after the course. We have a range of most equipment items you can try during the course and there is advice on hand from other students as well as the staff.


  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Rucksack
  • All technical climbing equipment  including ropes.


Listed here are the essentials, this is not an exhaustive list.

  • Informal clothing for leisure wear
  • Warm outdoor wear
  • Insulating layers – at least one mid weight and one warm fleece layer
  • General trekking trousers are recommended, not jeans though.
  • Thick socks (several pairs)
  • Spare fleece/insulated jacket
  • Hat & gloves***  leather palmed Belay Gloves are useful for rope work scenarios.
  • Whistle
  • Compass – Silva type 4 recommended with a 1:40,000 romer ***
  • Map information – we encourage everyone on mountain courses to have a map covering the Northern Cairngorms.
  • Rucksack liner (or sturdy bin liner) / dry bags
  • Vacuum Flask & Water Bottle ***
  • Box or bag for packed lunch.
  • Blister kit/ small first aid kit
  • Personal toiletries & medications (towels are provided)
  • Suncream – you just never know! ***


Items marked *** are available in our shop subject to availability.

Course Pre-Requisites

Being an regular climber will allow you to get the most from the course.

What’s included on your course

  • Instruction
  • Use of kit
  • Shuttle bus to Glenmore Lodge (departs Aviemore station 5:20pm on Friday and Sundays)
  • Packed lunch and afternoon tea each day
  • In-course transport

What’s included if you choose the residential option – As above PLUS

  • Bed in shared en-suite room – available from 3pm on day before your course starts *

(Single rooms may be available for a supplementary charge, please ask at reception when you arrive)

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner for each course day (except one day and back-to-back courses)
  • Use of the facilities at Glenmore Lodge
  • Linen is provided along with a towel, you may wish to bring an extra towel if you would like to use the facilities or are on a paddlesport course

Arriving at Glenmore Lodge

  • For more information on travel to the Lodge click here
  • Your first inclusive meal is breakfast (7:45 -8:30am) An evening meal is not provided on your arrival night, but bar meals are available in our Lochain bar 5pm to 9pm (5-7pm on Mondays and Tuesdays)
  • Packed lunches are collected at breakfast
  • On Mondays and Saturdays only there will be a 10 minute welcome talk at 8.15am, on other days you will meet your instructor at 9am. The daily programme of your course will be discussed with your instructor when you first meet, taking into account aspirations and prevailing weather conditions

On your last day

  • Check out time is 10am on the final day of your booking, we have changing areas, showers and left luggage facilities on site
  • All courses will finish by 5pm
  • On Fridays and Sundays we offer a drop off to Aviemore station, leaving Glenmore Lodge at 5pm, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance if you would like to book this service

*some exceptions – see detailed course notes

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Check our FAQ’s here or contact us on [email protected] or 01479 861256

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We are happy to create it for you. You can hire one of our instructors or guides from as little as £280 a day, including any equipment. If you’re a group, all of our courses are available on a date that suits you or if you would prefer we can tailor a course to your requirements. Simply give us a call to discuss your requirements.

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