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 2019 Alpine course places are now open – check out the dates below:

Course dates

  • 2-4 June

  • 5-7 June

  • 9-11 June

  • 12-14 June

  • 16-18 June

  • 19-21 June

  • 23-25 June

  • 26-28 June

In 2019 the Trust is offering a number of subsidised 3-day Alpine courses in Chamonix, co-ordinated by Plas y Brenin and the Mountain Training Trust. The intention 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 three days, but an introduction to the basic considerations, like use of equipment, glacier travel, crevasse rescue can be provided. In order to provide the optimum learning experience, these courses are run at a ratio of one guide for every three trainees.

Each course place costs approximately £230, yet trainees are charged only £150. This year the Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust will provide over £12,000 to subsidise the courses. The minimum age for applicants is 18 years and the maximum age is 30.

This is a stand-alone course. You do not have to have, or intend to complete a UK-based preparation course to be able to apply for this course.

Applications are now open – the deadline for submissions is 5pm on Friday 1 March 2019. Please note that by applying for one of these places, you are agreeing that the Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust will share the personal data you supply with Plas y Brenin in order to administer applications, the offer process and course participation. If your application is successful, the team from Plas y Brenin will contact you for prompt payment of the course fee.


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