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Self Rescue & Problem Solving Course

Course Overview

We have developed this new course to help experienced climbers build the necessary skills to deal with problems that could typically arise at the crag and to become more self-sufficient.

If your partner or another climber in the vicinity has an accident, knowing how to get them off the crag or cliff safely and efficiently could save their life.

What’s covered on a Self Rescue & Problem Solving Course?

  • Introduction and understanding the equipment.
  • Recap on multi-pitch anchor building.
  • Building anchors using the rope. 
  • Counter-balanced abseiling 
  • Ascending a rope.
  • Abseiling pass the knot. 
  • Using an Italian hitch 
  • Assisted hoist 
  • Unassisted hoist  
  • Recap and conclusion 

We try to keep the scenarios on our self-rescue and problem-solving course as realistic as possible. For example, a climber may need to escape by ascending back up the rope.

Other examples of useful techniques will include the assisted and unassisted hoist. If you find yourself in a situation where your climbing partner has fallen off, setting up a simple hoist could save lots of time and anxiety. We will cover as much as possible starting with some of the basic techniques and building up to the more complex rope work and manoeuvres.

How many people will be on the course?

This course runs on a 1:4 ratio. 

How much will it cost?

The course costs £120 per person. and requires a minimum of 2 people to go ahead.

Who can do this course?

Due to the advanced nature of this course, participants need to be competent LEAD CLIMBERS and BELAYERS to take part. Anyone who books the course and is not able to lead climb and belay to a good standard will not be allowed to do the course and no refunds will be given.

What equipment will I need?

As this is a more advanced course for experienced climbers you may already have your own harness and helmet. Feel free to bring these with you if you prefer and we will be happy for you to use them if suitable. If you don’t have anything, we can provide it.

You will need to bring a packed lunch as this is a full day course.

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Latest Reviews



The topics covered were appropriate. I was the only paying customer in this course, together with two mile end members of staff . Mile end's staff were the priority and their learning needs and pace determined the course. They took full advantage of it. I didn't. And I suspect the course would probably not even have taken place without me paying for it. Mile end should make very clear when advertising this course, and I really can't stress this enough, that the customer's learning is going to be put behind that of mile end staff. If I had known this I would have not signed up for this course, I would have gone somewhere else where my learning needs were met and I had got my money's worth.
27th August 2019



Awesome course! Really useful hints and tips and lots of time to practice. Each skill built on the previous one meaning that the information flowed and wasn't overwhelming. Martina gave great constructive comments, answered loads of questions and explained everything in context of real scenarios.
26th August 2019



Very useful information, well delivered and clear. Everybody should know this stuff when climbing outdoors!
24th August 2019