The Jonathan Conville Memorial 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. Since 1979, the Trust has provided several thousand subsidised training places on introductory courses in North Wales, the Alps and Scotland.
The current course programme covers the following areas: Scottish Winter Mountaineering, Alpine Preparation and Alpine Mountaineering.
The courses are administered and run by Plas y Brenin staff on behalf of the Trust. Places are made available to individuals aged 18-30 who are passionate about pursuing outdoor adventure.
Scottish Winter Mountaineering – Applications are now closed for 2020
Updated 29 September 2020: The Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust has, with a heavy heart, decided to cancel its 2021 winter course programme in Scotland.
For more information on the cancellation, please read the statement from the Trust here. Information about the 2022 programme will be shared in due course.
These courses are aimed at those who have not done any sort of course in the winter mountains before but are experienced summer hillwalkers and climbers. This winter, the Trust is offering subsidised winter training courses based in the Cairngorms. The courses are specially designed to give a sound introduction to the techniques needed for moving on snow and ice – both in Britain in winter and in the Alps. The course will include the use of crampons and ice axes, belaying and rope work, avalanche assessment and other topics related to winter mountaineering.
The courses are based at Ardenbeg Outdoor Centre in Grantown-on-Spey. They last for two days and students must arrive the night before the course is due to start. The course fee includes accommodation (two nights), food and all essential in-course transport. Please note that should you wish to arrive early or stay for extra days, accommodation will be available (subject to availability) at Ardenbeg for an additional cost. Further information will be sent to successful applicants.
North Wales Alpine Preparation
The purpose of this two-day course based in Wales is to provide a top-class introduction to Alpine mountaineering at the lowest possible cost. It is not possible to cover Alpine mountaineering in great detail over two days, but an introduction to the basic considerations, like the use of equipment, glacier travel, crevasse rescue can be provided.
This is a stand-alone course. You do not need to have, nor intended to complete the Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust Alpine-based course to be able to apply for this course.
Each course place costs approximately £200, yet trainees are charged only £100. This year the Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust will provide over £12,000 to subsidise courses, and the BMC and the Mountaineering Council of Scotland provide additional financial support.
As a charity, the Mountain Training Trust will provide administration and deliver the courses at no extra cost to the trainees. If you would like to support the Mountain Training Trust in its work, please click here to find out how you can help.
The minimum age for applicants is 18 years and the maximum age is 30. For detailed course notes, please click here.
The 2020 course will take place on 2-3 May, with twelve spaces available.
Applications for the course are now closed. Applicants will be contacted before the end of March.