Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust

Scroll

The current course programme covers the following areas: Alpine Mountaineering, Alpine Preparation and Scottish Winter 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.

 

Alpine Mountaineering

We are pleased to confirm that the dates for the 2021 Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust Alpine Mountaineering courses have now been confirmed:

  • 6-8 June
  • 9-11 June
  • 13-15 June
  • 16-18 June
  • 20-22 June
  • 23-25 June
  • 27-29 June
  • 30 June-2 July

Applicants should be aware that as we were unable to run the 2020 Alpine Mountaineering programme due to the coronavirus pandemic, there is additional pressure on course places this year as many trainees have had their course places deferred from 2020.

In 2021 the Trust is offering subsidised places on 3-day Alpine Mountaineering 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 the use of equipment, glacier travel, crevasse rescue will 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 in excess of £300, yet trainees are charged only £150. This year the Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust will provide over £20,000 to subsidise its courses, and the BMC and Mountain Training Trust provide additional financial support. As a charity, the Mountain Training Trust provides administration and will deliver these courses at no extra cost to trainees. The minimum age for applicants is 18 years and the maximum age is 30. Detailed course notes can be found here.

 

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

North Wales Alpine Preparation

Applications for the North Wales Alpine Preparation course are now open.

The 2021 course is taking place on 1-2 May at Plas y Brenin, with 12 spaces available. The student cost is just £90 per person.

The deadline for applications will be 28 February 2021

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 over £200, yet trainees are charged only £90.

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.

 

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Scottish Winter Mountaineering

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.

Applications for the 2022 programme will be open from 1 September 2021 to 31 October 2021.

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.

These courses are also very generously supported by the Scottish Mountaineering Trust, a charity that provides grants to projects and organisations that encourage and increase the public’s enjoyment of mountainous regions, especially the mountainous regions of Scotland.

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.