Problem Solving and Self Rescue
A day of fun and magic as we learn the rope trickery to solve typical rock climbing problems and rescue ourselves or our climbing buddy.
“Great course, learning and enjoyable” Ed. London
Who is it for ?
This course is for people who have done some lead climbing and want to learn problem solving and self rescue techniques to boost skills and confidence. A perfect course to refresh yourself on essential skills or if you are heading off to an exotic destination (or venturing onto sea cliffs…)
Problem Solving & Self Rescue – Course Overview
A day jam packed with practical scenarios as we go up and down ropes.
As instructors with a background in Mountain Rescue, course we are not only intimately familiar with common problems encountered by climbers, but also the less common ones that need extra help! We spend the day covering the rope skills to get you or your mates out of a problem without asking for help. We can if required also spend a short time looking at what to do if its serious and whilst help is on its way.
If the weather is atrocious some time may be spent indoors at a suitable training venue.
Beyond the Edge are one of the UKs most experienced providers of mountain training courses and they are both highly informative and run by hugely experienced trainers. Importantly in our opinion, they are also fun and run in a friendly manner. We take great pride in the very high percentage of individuals who return for further courses.
Problem Solving & Self Rescue – Course Format
We will start by ascertaining your individual aspirations and tailor the day around the core syllabus to meet these.
A typical course will cover:
- Incidents, why they happen and when to call for help
- Ascending & descending ropes as an individual
- Passing knots in ascent and descent
- Escaping the system when on belay
- Creating hoists and lowering climbers
- Problem solving (stuck ropes and stuck climbers)
- Committing to a rescue and creating a plan
- Practical scenarios
- Location: Peak District
- Cost: £95 per person
- Duration: 1 day
- Ratio: 1:4
- Level: Advanced
Bespoke Dates and Locations
If there are two or more of you that want to learn how to get yourselves out of a pickle, but the dates or locations are not convenient please contact the office and we will arrange some dates and a location to suit your diary.
The course will meet at The Sir William Hotel at 0900 in the village of Grindleford. The village has good bus and train links with Sheffield and good train links to Manchester.
The hotel has ample free parking.
The fee includes the use of specialist equipment and all training materials. Clients are encouraged to use their own gear if available, however, all ropes used will be provided by Beyond the Edge. We are happy to loan any other equipment that you may need e.g. helmet, harness or boots, free of charge just let us know on your booking form.
We suggest a rucksack containing:
- Harness (ask when booking if you would like BtE to provide)
- Helmet (ask when booking if you would like BtE to provide)
- Rock shoes (ask when booking if you would like BtE to provide)
- Chalk bag
- Climbing gear (nuts, cams, hexes, krabs, slings etc.). If available
- Guide book if available
- Warm & waterproof clothes
- Gloves (for abseiling and if its cold)
- Food for the day
- Personal first aid kit (for headaches, blisters and minor cuts)
- Camera if desired
- Notebook if desired
- Insect repellent & Sunscreen during summer months
Whilst it is not required to read anything before the course (apart from the joining instructions!)
The official handbook of Mountain Training (National Governing Body) for climbing schemes contains lots of useful information. It is:
Rock Climbing, essential skills & techniques. Libby Peter.
This Beyond the Edge course is non-residential to allow you to select between a thermarest or 5 star hotel as you require. There is lots of accommodation in the Hope Valley and we recommend The Sir William which offers BtE clients a discounted rate and most courses start from here.
Other options are listed on our Accommodation page.
How do I book ?
The best way is via this webpage. Choose the date from the options on the above and then submit your booking. You only need to pay the deposit if your course is more than six weeks away.
For bespoke events get in touch first so we can check diaries and if required give you a quote. Get in touch by either calling the office on 01142 631 155 or emailing us.
Does the course include accommodation ?
Not usually! We prefer to let you choose where you will be most comfortable. This may be in a tent or in a luxury hotel.
In the Peak District we work out of the The Sir William hotel. This is a comfortable Inn with stunning views over the Hope valley and it also serves great food (try the game pie if it’s on!). We recommend that you stay here as they are well versed in looking after walkers and climbers and it’s a 30 second commute from the breakfast table to our meeting room!
They can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org which is best as it allows them to answer when they have a spare few minutes or alternatively 01433 630 303 and ask to speak to Helen.
If this doesn’t suit you for whatever reason, further accommodation options can be found on our accommodation page.
For bespoke courses and events we can arrange whatever you desire from a bivouac under the stars to a spa hotel.
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