Awards and Bursaries
James Brownhill Memorial Fund
This fund was set up by James' family following his death on 1st July 2011, on the Frendo Spur in Chamonix, France. James was an avid climber and mountaineer. His love for climbing led him to develop skills in every climbing style but it was in Alpine and Traditional climbing where he sought to improve most. His consistent passion for climbing led to involvement with his university club, an opportunity to share enthusiasm, skills and knowledge with like minded individuals.
The fund aims to encourage and foster a higher level of safety, good practice and sustainability within university climbing clubs. The fund will award volunteer leaders within the clubs with bursaries to undertake courses to consolidate and develop safe climbing practice for teaching new and inexperienced climbers in individual and group situations.
Each year bursaries will be awarded to part fund training courses run by Plas y Brenin National Mountain Centre. Courses attracting bursaries include Mountain Leader Award, Single Pitch Award, Climbing wall award. To apply for a for bursary download an application form here.
This year the fund are offering 8 subsidised places on a Scottish Mountaineering 5 day course, this is open for full time students aged 18 or over. For more details and to apply please click here
Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust
The Trust was set up by the family of Jonathan Conville following his death on the North Face of the Matterhorn at the age of 27. The Trust has provided several thousand subsidised training places on introductory courses in the Alps and in Scotland in winter since 1979.
This valuable support to safer mountaineering is now administered and co-ordinated by the Mountain Training trust and Plas y Brenin. The BMC and MCofS also support these places.
For details of the application process for the 100 places on the 3 day courses based in Argentiere in July click here . For details of the Alpine Preparation course based at Plas y Brenin in North Wales click here.For details of the Scottish Courses click here.