Subsidised Winter Mountaineering Courses
16 Aug 2016
The family of Jonathan Conville established the Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust (JCMT) after he died on the Matterhorn in the winter of 1979/80, aged 27. The Trusts aims are to encourage and assist more mountaineers to enjoy the mountains in greater safety. The Trust is aware that many climbers do not always know the safest and best technique to be used on the mountains in winter conditions. It is also aware that most climbers are put off the idea of doing any course, due to the time and expense involved.
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 use of crampons and ice axes, belaying and rope work, avalanche assessment and other topics related to Winter Mountains.
Each course place costs approximately £160, yet trainees are only charged £85. The Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust provides approximately £3000 to subsidise these courses and Plas y Brenin absorbs the costs associated with delivering the courses along with the BMC who also contribute financially.
The minimum age for applicants is 18 years and the maximum age is 30.