• Avoiding the problem in the first place

  • Removing stuck equipment

  • Climbing past runners

  • Tying off the belay plate

  • Assisted and unassisted hoists

  • Escaping the system

  • Freeing jammed ropes

  • Use of prussic and mechanical devices

  • Abseiling problems

Unavoidably, problems can and do occur whilst climbing. The Summit Mountain Skills Improvised Rescue course demonstrates how to simply and efficiently solve any issues that may occur when rock climbing, ranging from a piece of equipment being stuck to more serious scenarios, such as a fallen climber.

The improvised rescue skills required on both single and multi-pitch climbs shall be practised. Therefore, it would be helpful if you are a competent climber to ensure you gain as much knowledge from experience in order to develop your skills.  This course is ideal for those who climb outdoors, and aim to be able to confidently deal with any danger, should it arise.

A detailed equipment list will be provided upon booking.  We are able to loan the use of helmets, harness and prussic loops.


Recommended for competent climbers, our improvised rescue course teaches you how to take on unpredictable dangers whilst climbing in a safe, timely manner.

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About Summit Mountain Skills

To learn about Summit Mountain Skills, you have to understand that my love for the outdoors started when I was just 7 years old. My father and I walked the Pennine way together and I instantly became hooked.

Over 40 years, my adventures have taken me all over the world with climbing and mountaineering trips across the UK, the Alps and the beautiful Himalayas.

I am a fully qualified Mountaineering Instructor. Such qualifications allow me to work all year, both in the summer (where I work in North Wales and the Peak District) and the winter (where I move to Scotland due to the scenic views). I take pride in transferring the skills I have developed over the years to other individuals, and watching their confidence and skills grow.

My work consists of introductory mountaineering courses right through to training and assessing Mountain Leaders; I also take pride in leading overseas trips. In addition to providing instruction at Glenmore Lodge – Scotland’s National Outdoor Centre – I have delivered Winter Safety lectures for the BMC and worked for Jagged Globe on rock and scrambling courses across the UK. I am also a course director for Mountain Training Wales, leading qualification courses for the organisation in the summer and winter.

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