This weekend myself and Nick have been working on the BMCs Rescue For Climbers course. Seven keen climbers with a huge range of experience turned up in a sunny Lake District to experiment with the tools of self rescue. We spent the first few hours at Long Scar fine tuning folks ropework and stance management in an effort to prevent problems in the first place. The afternoon focused on escaping the system and assisted and unassisted hoists.
Sunday saw us enjoying the delights of Tilberthwaite Quarry ascending and descending ropes with a variety of equipment and casualties. The group then had a chance to put it all together working through some common scenarios, such as stuck karabiners, a second climbing past a runner or unable to make the crux moves, and some not so common ones with injured leaders falling off traverses into space above a very rough sea!
Tilberthwaite Quarry photos from Nick Cannon-Jones at More Than Mountains