Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust


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.


Applications for Scottish Winter Mountaineering 2019 are now open.

Course dates

  • 5-6 January

  • 8-9 January

  • 12-13 January

  • 15-16 January

  • 19-20 January

The Conville courses are aimed at those who have not done any sort of course in the Winter Mountains before but are experienced summer hill walkers and climbers. This winter the Trust is offering subsidised winter training courses based in the Cairngorms. These 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 Mountains.

As the charitable aims of the Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust are to offer mountaineering training to young people, the Trust imposes an upper age limit of 30; the lower age limit is 18, in order that participants have the maturity to make the necessary judgements required.

We have 60 spaces available for these courses – the cost to the student is just £90 each.

The courses are being run by Di Gilbert and are based at Ardenbeg Outdoor Centre in Grantown-on-Spey. The courses 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 at additional cost (subject to availability at Ardenbeg).

Applications are now open – the deadline for submissions is 5pm on 16 November 2018. Successful applicants will be contacted mid-November, at which time they will be provided with further details and asked for payment.

Download an application form here.