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Scottish Winter Mountaineering Course

Based in the Cairngorms in January, these courses bridge the gap between summer climbing/walking and winter mountaineering. The ratio is one instructor to six participants, two days in duration. The courses cover use of ice axe and crampons, navigation, basic rope work including snow belays (achors), avalanche assessment and problem avoidance.

As the charitable aims of the Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust are to offer mountaineering training to young people, the Trust imposes an upper age limit of 30; the lower age limit is 18, in order that participants have the maturity to make the necessary judgements required.

(Applications from the beginning of September – closing date for applications beginning of October – successful applicants will be contacted by the end of October).
Alpine Mountaineering Course

Based in the Chamonix Valley in June and July, for climbers and mountaineers who have experience of British mountaineering and who want to climb in the Alps. Ratio of one Guide: three participants, three days in duration. A practical introduction is given to glacier travel, crevasse rescue, avalanche assessment and use of equipment.

The deadline for applications is the 2nd of April (check these with Plas Y Brenin). As the charitable aims of the Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust are to offer mountaineering training to young people, the Trust imposes an upper age limit of 30; the lower age limit is 18, in order that participants have the maturity to make the necessary judgements required.

(Applications from the beginning of March and close the first/second week of April – successful applicants will be contacted by the end of April).
Alpine Preparation Weekend Course

Travelling to Chamonix may not suit everyone’s plans or budgets so there is now an alternative 2 day Alpine Preparation Training course here in the UK.

This course is based in North Wales at Plas y Brenin, The National Mountain Centre, in May. It will be staffed by PYB IFMGA Guides. This is a great opportunity to cover alpine rope work skills and to consider all the aspects of alpine mountaineering. The PYB Guides will help you plan your next alpine trip. The course is based in PYB’s Moelwyn Bunkhouse, on site, and is self catering. All the usual PYB facilities will be available including bar, evening lecture and the climbing wall. As the charitable aims of the Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust are to offer mountaineering training to young people, the Trust imposes an upper age limit of 30; the lower age limit 18, in order that participants have the maturity to make the necessary judgements required.

(Applications from the beginning of March and close the first/second week of April – successful applicants will be contacted by the end of April).