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Scottish Winter Mountaineering Course

Based in the Cairngorms in January, these courses bridge the gap between summer mountaineering and winter mountaineering.  The ratio is one instructor to six participants, two days in duration.  The courses cover using the boot as a tool, ice axe and cramping techniques, route selection, navigation, avalanche avoidance and emergency procedures.  During the course we plan to make participants more confident and proficient in an extremely challenging and demanding environment.

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 open from September 2019.

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 now open. Closing 5pm Friday 19th April. Successful applicants will be contacted by Plas y Brenin.
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.

Applications open shortly and deadline for submissions is 5pm Friday 1st March 2019. 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 are now closed.