James Brownhill Memorial Fund

Supporting full-time student climbers and mountaineers


James Brownhill was an avid climber and mountaineer who tragically died in an accident on the Frendo Spur in Chamonix. Following his death, members of his family established the fund in order to encourage and foster a higher level of safety, good practice and sustainability amongst young climbers and mountaineers.

Every year, the fund subsidises eight dedicated places on a Plas y Brenin Scottish Winter Mountaineering course. Applicants must be over 18 years old, and be in full-time education.


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The 2022 course will take place from 14 - 18 February. Applications are now open.

Many great mountaineers have learnt, and honed, their skills in the winter mountains of Scotland. To tackle the more challenging peaks of Glencoe and Lochaber in winter requires a full array of mountaineering skills

These five days offer the same winter essentials as our ‘Scottish Winter Mountaineering’ course – whilst sharing the experience with like-minded people of a similar age. Getting to grips with ice axe and crampons, you will develop your winter skills on steeper snow and winter scrambling terrain. Along the way, you will cover winter navigation, and avalanche evaluation; alongside the emergency procedures of building a snow shelter and basic ropework for steep ground. All this will be covered practically on five awesome days out, whilst enjoying ascents of many of the finest summits in the Western Highlands.

Eight fully residential places are made available every year to full-time students aged 18 or over. Applications for 2022 are now open.

No previous winter experience is required, but you should be a fit summer hill walker and expect that winter days in the western highlands often involve ascents from near sea level to 1000m.

The Scottish mountains in winter are undoubtedly magnificent but are a serious undertaking. Short daylight hours, poor conditions underfoot, strong winds, rain and snow may all need to be dealt with. This subsidised course aims to introduce the skills and judgement needed to become a safe and competent winter mountaineer.