Masthead: Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust - "Providing quality mountain training for young people"

Welcome to the JCMT

What is the Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust?

The family of Jonathan Conville established the Trust (Registered Charity number 293720) after he died on the Matterhorn in the winter of 1979, aged 27. He was a sound, ambitious climber who had been to school at Marlborough, spent some time in Australia, joined the Army (Parachute Regiment) and taught at the Outward Bound School, Loch Eil. He identified strongly with the outdoors where he constantly found challenge. The Trust’s aims are to encourage and assist young people to train for and pursue their love of the outdoors in the spirit of adventure, which Jonathan embraced during his life.  As long as there are mountains …….. there will be a place for the Trust – In August 2013 Jonathan’s remains were recovered, have been cremated and his ashes will rest in Zermatt. We thank all the various Swiss authorities both in Zermatt and Sion that made this possible.


Jonathan’s Nephew is set to run a 56Km ultra marathon to raise money for JCMT

Ben Vincent recently completed the Barcelona marathon which qualifies him for the Two Oceans 56Km Ultra Marathon. It will take place in South Africa this weekend where the temperature is expected to be 30 degrees C. This is a huge undertaking and we are very grateful that he has chosen to run for JCMT as we rely on donations to keep going. We wish him luck and hope that it all goes well!


Please show your support by donating at

Or simply TXT:    JCMT79 £x       to    70070   where ‘x’ can be anything upto 10.



A message from Melissa Conville

Katrina and I have been overwhelmed by the extent of the recent media coverage regarding the recovery of Jonathan’s body. We never expected to reach the press in Switzerland, USA, Canada and Australia. We would like to thank everyone for their support at this time, especially Ed Douglas who wrote the original Observer article.


JCMT Scottish Winter Skills 2014
Patrons: Sir Chris Bonington CBE; Andy Cave


What does the trust do?The Trust encourages safe and enjoyable practice in mountaineering, by operating subsidised training as follows:

  • Scottish Winter Mountaineering Courses
  • Alpine Mountaineering Courses in Chamonix
  • Alpine Preparation Weekend Courses at Plas y Brennin


The BMC promotes and financially supports JCMT with an annual contribution.
Plas Y Brenin promotes and provides all administration and organisation of the JCMT courses.