Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust


COVID-19 Update

Plas y Brenin will be operating a subsidised Alpine Preparation course on behalf of the Conville Trust in North Wales on the weekend of 23-24 April 2022. We are evaluating the possibility of delivering one or two more of these courses at a later stage. If this is feasible, those who applied for the April course will automatically go through the selection process and would be offered a place if selected.

As far as the Chamonix-based Conville Trust Alpine Mountaineering programme is concerned, the Trust will be running a series of courses in association with another provider – see .

Deposits made by participants who deferred their places on the Summer Alpine Courses from 2020 to 2021, have been refunded and have been offered first refusal to hold a place on the 2022 courses, if they contact the Conville Trust to that effect.

The current JCMT course programme covers the following areas: Alpine Mountaineering, Alpine Preparation and Scottish Winter Mountaineering. Although Plas y Brenin only run and help administer the Alpine Preparation Weekend here in N.Wales.

Places on all three courses are made available to individuals aged 18-30 who are passionate about pursuing outdoor adventure.


Alpine Mountaineering

Plas y Brenin National Outdoor Centre will not be running a Chamonix-based Alpine mountain training programme on behalf of the Conville Trust in 2022.

However, the Trust will be running a series of courses in association with another provider. For more details, please visit


North Wales Alpine Preparation

Plas y Brenin National Outdoor Centre and the Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust will be running one North Wales Alpine Preparation course scheduled for 2022.

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.

Applications close on Friday 11 February and the successful candidates will be notified by Monday 21 February ’22.

For detailed course notes, please click here.


Click here to apply

Scottish Winter Mountaineering

Updated January 2022: The Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust has, with a heavy heart, decided to cancel its 2022 winter course programme in Scotland. These courses will run again in January 2023, with applications opening in September 2022.

For more information on the cancellation, please read the statement from the Trust here.

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.