January Climbing Clan First Aid Training Weekend


Dates: 14-16th January

Location: Helwith Bridge, Yorkshire

Let’s learn how to look after each other when things don’t go to plan.

We’ll staying in a bunkhouse in the idyllic Yorkshire Dales and spending our daytimes learning about first aid from a certified trainer, Allan Shaw.

16 places available:

  • 12 places available for Climbing Clan eager to do the course and learn First Aid in the world of climbing.
  • 4 places for advanced first aiders, medical doctors, mountain rescue, paramedics, who fancy coming along for fun

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Rebecca on an improvised stretcher

Before we go on the trip, we’ll need to do 4-8 hours of self-study and reading.

We’ll be leaving Manchester on Friday night, and start earlish on Saturday morning to make the most of the day.

On Saturday night, we’ll have a communal meal and socialising in the hut.

On Sunday, we’ll go outside and apply the knowledge we’ve learnt on Saturday to semi-realistic training scenarios we might encounter in the outdoors.

Our First Aid trainer, Allan Shaw and has developed this course with us to specifically focus on the situations that climbers like us might come across.

On completion of the course, you will gain a REC2 Outdoor First aid certificate valid for 3 years.


Breakfasts, Packed Lunches and Saturday night dinner is included in the cost of the trip.

We will be looking for volunteer chefs, su-chefs and helpers with prep, washing up etc 

Tea, coffee and milk will also be provided.

It may be worth bringing some snacks and cake.


Special Diets

All dietary requirements  and allergies will be catered for – Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Kosher, Meativore, allergic to pepper, etc – please express it on the sign up form

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What am I paying for when I sign up?

Signing up pays for

  • Accommodation Friday and Saturday night,
  • Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday
  • Packed lunch on Saturday and Sunday
  • Saturday night dinner,
  • Plus we’ll stock the kitchen with tea bags, coffee, milk, loo roll and washing up stuff.
  • and of course – Allan Shaw’s First Aid Training, certificate and books

About the Hut​


The hut has a well-equipped kitchen, WiFi, bunk beds, toilets and hot showers, and a drying room in the Village of Helwith Bridge.

What do I need to bring?

A full kitlist is here

You definitely need to bring a sleeping bag and your own towel. Pillows are provided – but maybe bring a pillow case just in case. Kitchen basics and loo roll will be provided as described above.

I've already done a first aid course. Will I learn anything?

This course will be tailored specifically to climbers when help might not be a 5 minute ambulance drive away – so we will focus a great deal on the things techniques that will support us, and that traditional first aid courses might not cover.

Would you know what to do if your friend’s lips went blue and they were struggling for breath? What if they were more incoherent than usual halfway round a hike and suddenly collapsed? First Aid isn’t something you learn once and “have done” – you need to be ready to use your skills whenever you need them.

Will this help me prepare for something happening in a remote location where help isn't easily to hand?


You’ll think about scenarios that might involve the things that climbers might come across on an unfortunate day – unconscious climbers on multipitch routes, broken bones at single pitch crags, unexpected collapses far away from help.
There’s a great deal of value in learning to fix people with the kit you already have with you – albeit repurposes in ways it might not be designed for.
By the end of the weekend, you’ll feel more confident and like you have more knowledge of what to do if things don’t go quite as intended.

Common FAQs

I don't drive can I come?

Yes. We will arrange lifts for people who can’t drive. Different people bring different skills – it usually works out in the end.

What climbing skills do I need to know?

No climbing skills or equipment is required, but the people who will get the most out of this will reguarly climb outside (or aspire to!)

Aren't these usually climbing trips?

Usually yes. This time no.

It’s a first aid training trip. You could aspire to go climbing in the evening. My suggestion would be to use that time to practice and try out some of things you learned during the day.

Can I bring a dog?

We love dogs, but no – strictly no dogs allowed at the hut sorry.

I don’t drive, can I come?

Yes. We will arrange lifts for people who can’t drive. Different people bring different skills – it usually works out in the end.  If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, the hut is a short bike ride from Settle railway station.

Can I come for the day?

This usually doesn’t work and won’t work on this trip either.

The first aid trainer is staying with us in the hut, and so whilst the training properly starts on Saturday morning, the learning will be happening all weekend and by coming for the day you’ll seriously reduce your opportunities to gain from the weekend.

It might be possible to come for the day, if you were prepared to arrive at the hut at ~7am and were prepared for mountains of faff and uncertainty.

You also won’t be able to stay for any social bits on the Saturday night, where the group really gets to know each other.

I'm a professional First Aid Trainer or Paramedic. Can I come along to help out (but not "be trained")?

Yes. We’d love to have you along! Your support in helping set up scenarios, sharing experiences and co-ordinating trainees will be extremely helpful. Allan is in charge – please do introduce yourself to him and ask him how you can support him best. You will be valued and appreciated!
(Signup using the special option above)

What if there’s bad weather?

First Aid training will happen whatever the weather.

Is this a for-profit, professionally guided event?

Sort of. The Climbing Clan is fully run by volunteers. No-one is compensated for sharing their climbing and rope skills amongst the group. Nobody is using or assumed to be trained to professional qualifications unless they tell you otherwise in writing.

On this occasion, the first aid training will be given by Allan, a professional first aid trainer with the appropriate qualifications, who is being paid to share his skills with the group.

Everyone that comes to Climbing Clan events recognises that:

that climbing, scrambling and hill walking are activities with a danger of personal injury or death, and by taking part acknowledge they are aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.

I have unusual dietary requirements. Will I be catered for in the group meal on Saturday night?

Yes, you can let us know about your requirements in the sign-up form.

What is The Climbing Clan?

An BMC affiliated group of supportive, friendly people who like to encourage each other to climb and eat cake. Sometimes at the same time.

We support an open, inclusive and accepting atmosphere for all members, whatever their ability or ambition.

Got a question we haven’t answered?

Ask it on the Facebook event and we’ll reply ASAP.

Feedback from previous trips

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It is such wonderful opportunity is get know and then understand other Clan members. As well as turn sterile indoor climbing experience into a working skill!
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What describes you best?

Eager to learn about First Aid, Advanced First Aider Already