Problem Solving for Climbers

Learn to overcome basic problems that climbers can face when out at the crag


As a climber the most valuable thing you can own is knowledge and experience. Things do go wrong from time to time and if you are unsure about how you would react this course is a great place to start. Knowing you have the skills to solve common problems in a safe and efficient manner will help you approach your next big adventure with confidence.

Problem Solving for Climbers

Location : Peak District

Duration : 1 day

Ratio : 1:4

Minimum age : 13

What's Included :
  • Expert tuition
  • Technical equipment as required.
  • Complimentary use of our bouldering wall after the course
  • Complimentary refreshments
  • Free parking
  • 5% discount on equipment in our shop

Share Course :


  • Problem solving (stuck ropes and stuck climbers)
  • Practical rescue scenarios
  • Ascending and Descending ropes

Course Overview

This course is for people who are confident at leading at a minimum of V Diff and want to learn problem solving and self rescue techniques to boost their confidence . During the day a series of practical scenarios will be used to give you a 'toolkit' of skills along with a structured approach to how and when to use them. You will leave the course with the ability to identify, adapt to and overcome a range of problems that are commonly encountered by climbers.

A perfect course if you have a history of epics, are planning your next big adventure or just enjoy exploring more esoteric and less frequented areas.

We run this course on demand for a date to suit you for groups of between 1 and 4 participants per instructor. Pricing depends on group size and aspirations, please contact us for a quote and further details.

Course Outcomes

  • Understanding the role of Mountain Rescue and how and when to call them
  • Ascending and descending ropes
  • Escaping the system
  • Problem solving (stuck ropes and stuck climbers)
  • Fundamentals of a rescue and creating a plan
  • Practical rescue scenarios
  • Making the best use of typical equipment and what extras you should have in the bag

Course Information


1 DAY: 9.30 - 16:30

A practical day learning new skills to boost your confidence and allow you to enjoy ever more challenging routes safe in the knowledge that you have what it takes to overcome any problems that may arise.

Your instructor will welcome you and discuss the aims of the course and your own aspirations over a great cup of fresh Italian coffee or tea.


You'll begin by checking through any equipment you have brought along with you and picking up anything else that is required from our stores as well as ensuring you are equipped for whatever the weather may throw at you.

The exact location will depend on the weather and the aims and abilities of the group. Most of the venues that we use are approximately 15 minutes drive from our office and when you arrive you can expect to walk for between 5 and 15 minutes to reach the rock itself.

You will spend the whole day working on practical, hands on activities. Initially the focus is on introducing, refreshing and refining the skills associated with building good anchors and problem solving whilst tied into the anchor. Soon the emphasis moves to escaping the anchor and moving around the crag face independently in either ascent or descent to overcome relevant problems. Key to this is safe practice while abseiling. The rescue of climbing partners is discussed or demonstrated. Throughout the day the learning matter is always delivered with an eye to prevention of the problem rather than the cure.

Once we are off the hill we will return to the Adventure Hub. With fresh coffee in hand, we summarise the key learning points from the day's adventure, discuss your progress so far and set some personalised development targets for your ongoing climbing adventure.

All technical equipment can be provided. Due to the nature of the course we would expect most participants to own most of the required equipment already, you are welcome to bring this along. You will need 2 x Prusiks loops made from 1.2 meters of 5 - 6mm prusik cord. You can buy this and be shown how to tie it in our shop at The Adventure Hub.

  • Confidence leading and seconding routes graded V.Diff or harder
  • Knowledge of building sound anchors at the top of a crag/pitch

  • As a Certified B Corp, we’re one of a growing number of global businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance.
  • Our well-equipped training centre, The Adventure Hub, is Carbon Neutral.
  • We encourage car sharing wherever feasible.
  • We encourage the use of public transport on all our courses. Bamford Railway Station is 5 minutes' walk and we enjoy direct bus connections to Sheffield and nearby villages.
  • We offer free camping kit for guests staying locally and looking to cut down on luggage.
  • Our staff are trained to prolong the life of equipment used on this course, where it is possible to recycle equipment at the end of its life, we do so appropriately.
  • We operate in small teams at low ratios to reduce our impact on the venues we use and other countryside users.
  • We donate 5% of the value of all sales to The Pure Outdoor Foundation.


Start time: 09:30 - Finish time: 16:30. Please note, these times are approximate and could be subject to minor changes. Please leave plenty of time when booking public transport.

Anyone aged 13 or over can attend any of our scheduled courses with the exception of Mountain Biking and Winter Skills where the minimum age is 18 unless accompanied by a parent.

We hold an AALA license and are able to take out children who are younger than 13, however we only offer this on a private guided basis. See our private guiding rates, as this can work out very competitive, especially when booking as a family. There is no maximum age, if you feel young enough to attend then you are very welcome!

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