The Oldham Weekend


The 2014 event will be from 2 – 4 May 2014

Please click here to register your interest.


Saddleworth Outdoor Pursuits Centre, Boarshurst Lane, Boarshurst, Greenfield, Saddleworth, Oldham, OL3 7EA. NGR SE 002045


Friday 2rd May to Sunday 4th May 2014 inclusive.


Experienced crag Personnel, with reasonable rope confidence, as the    seminar will concentrate on a variety of vertical crag rescue techniques,  including hillside exercises.  Team training officers will have to confirm competence.


Participants need to bring their normal hill going kit as well as their own helmet, harness, 1 x 8ft sling, 3 x screw gate karabiners.All other equipment and ropes will be provided by Oldham Mountain     Rescue Team


£80.00per delegate for members of Mountain/Cave/Search and Rescue Teams.£180.00 for members of all other organizations.(Police, fire, ambulance etc.)(Unfortunately for our friends overseas, due to fluctuating exchange rates all fees must be paid by Sterling Bankers Draft.)

The cost includes 2 nights Youth Hostel Style accommodation (sleeping bag required), full cooked breakfasts, packed lunches and evening meal on Saturday and transport between locations

An annual event run by the Oldham team on the first weekend in May. It was introduced to stimulate an exchange of ideas throughout mountain rescue and other emergency services.

The team started this event in 1981 when the team recognised their uniquely privileged position, of being able to develop their ideas on rescue techniques and equipment, through their close links with Troll Safety Equipment Limited. The aim was simply to share the ideas.

The weekend seminar now provides an ideal platform from which to demonstrate some of the systems and techniques used by the Oldham team, to stimulate new ideas and encourage continuous improvement.

Originally the course was only open to members of mountain rescue teams from England and Wales, civilian or military and HM Coastguard cliff rescue companies. However, for the last few years teams from Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic Ireland have attended. The event is open to members of all of the United Kingdom’s statutory emergency services  with places being regularly taken by police, fire and ambulance services.

The weekend is aimed at experienced mountain rescue personnel, with reasonable rock climbing ability because the seminar concentrates on a variety of cliff rescue techniques and includes hillside exercises. Participants will need to bring their normal hill kit including, as a minimum, helmet, suitable harness, 1 x 8ft sling and 3 x screw gate karabiners.

The practical sessions are based in the Chew Valley area on a variety of natural and quarried rock faces around the valley. The cost for 2014 is £80.00 per person for members of voluntary search and rescue teams and £180.00 per person for all other organisations. Payments from overseas must be by sterling bankers draft. The cost includes two nights hostel style (a sleeping bag is required), full cooked breakfasts, packed lunches and a full evening meal on Saturday and transport between locations.

Cancellation Policy:

All cancellations must be confirmed in writing/e-mail.  If you have to cancel for any reason, please give as much notice as possible so we can endeavour to fill the booking.  If the booking can be filled, a full refund will be given. If we cannot fill the booking, when all our costs have been covered, including replacing any damaged equipment, a full refund will be given if possible, otherwise it will be on a on a pro-rata basis.

Located at The Boarshurst Centre, Boarshurst Lane, Greenfield, Oldham

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