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.


Alpine Preparation weekend – applications now closed

This course will provide a top-class introduction to Alpine mountaineering at the lowest possible cost. Over two days, attendees will benefit from an introduction to basic considerations such as the use of equipment, glacier travel and crevasse rescue.

The 2019 course is taking place on the weekend of 25-26 May at Plas y Brenin. The deadline for applications has now passed – applicants will be informed if they have been successful shortly.

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

The cost of the course is just £80 for the weekend. This includes self-catering accommodation in Moelwyn Bunkhouse on the Plas y Brenin – if successful, you will need to bring your own sleeping bag. Successful applicants must cover travel, food and insurance costs themselves.

The main criteria for selection are as follows:

  • You are aged 18-30.

  • You are a keen mountaineer/climber with experience in the UK and intend to do some graded Alpine routes ('F' or above).

  • You intend to benefit as a result of increased knowledge of good and safe Alpine techniques.

  • This will be your first Alpine season, or you have been before but are still unaware of the best techniques.

  • You will ideally be in a position to pass on the knowledge you have learned to others, and we will consider the reach and impact you will be able to have on your peers as part of the application process. If you are a member of a group, will you have a good opportunity to pass some of the course material on to friends/fellow club members after the course?

Alpine-based course - applications closed.

Applications for Alpine course places are now closed.

We are aiming to inform applicants if they have been successful shortly after the 22 March 2019. As a reminder, the course dates are as follows:

  • 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 £300, 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 closed – the deadline for submissions was 5pm on Friday 1 March 2019.