This website page is here to celebrate the life of James Brownhill and to promote the ways in which we commemorate him and raise funds for the ‘James Brownhill Memorial Fund’.
The JBMF currently provides 8 bursaries a year and would like to provide every University Climbing Club with a bursary over a 3 year period; which is an extra 15 bursaries a year. Click here to see how and register.
Additional bursaries are available for University climbing clubs via the purchase of JBMF Christmas and Greetings cards.
Existing Mountain Climbing Insurance policies are being sold via an existing and established specialist broker on behalf of the JBMF, and all commission earned is being donated to the JBMF. This will allow more bursaries to be provided.
Greetings cards now available.
This fund has been set up by James’ family following his death on 1st July 2011, on the Frendo spur, Chamonix, France.
The fund aims to encourage and foster a higher level of safety, good practice and sustainability within university climbing clubs.
This fund will award volunteers with bursaries to undertake courses to consolidate and develop safe climbing practice for teaching new and inexperienced climbers in individual and group situations.
James was an avid climber and mountaineer. His love for climbing led him to develop skills in every climbing style but it was in Alpine and Traditional climbing where he sought to improve most.
James reveled within the wider community of climbing. He shared much happiness with those he met in the Peak District and regular trips to Chamonix; always encouraging people to embrace the challenges of climbing.
His consistent passion for climbing led to involvement with his university club, an opportunity to share enthusiasm, skills and knowledge with like minded individuals.
James will be greatly missed, but through this fund we hope to preserve a passion and attitude to safe climbing that James constantly upheld. We value and appreciate your support in enabling this to happen and feel James would approve.
This Fund has been set up by James Brownhill's family following James' death on the Frendo Spur in the French Alps, above Chamonix.
James was an avid climber and mountaineer, he constantly strove to improve his skills and abilities, helping him progress into many areas and disciplines of the climbing world.
James' passion for the mountains started with the Peak District where he grew up and spent much of his outdoor life. His journey began with walking and trekking, an apprenticeship that gave him a broad and steady outlook of the mountain environment. By 17 James had begun to cycle out to many famous bouldering crags in the Peak District, slowly learning the techniques to climb on his beloved gritstone.
At 18, a winter trip to Scotland and a place on the Jonathan Conville course in Chamonix, provided the next step; a determined progression into alpine climbing. These trips became the fuel for the idea of pursuing mountains in the Andes of South America. James prepared for the trip of a lifetime that brought about 4 months of trekking, bouldering, sport climbing and mountaineering, culminating in reaching above 6000m, twice.
He always ensured there was a climbing trip or two each year, with trips to Bavaria, Fontainbleu and different areas of the UK always on the agenda.
His experience was gained quickly, but the quality of learning was reflected in the hours he put into his passion. From the first time in Chamonix he went a further 3 times, constantly learning, assessing and enjoying true alpine climbing. James was part of a major rescue in the French Alps in 2010, the safety of the climber who fell was greatly increased by James' quick and selfless actions at nearly 4000m.
James had dreams of the greater ranges, of going back to the Andes, up into the Himalaya and the 7 summits of the world. He understood the importance of preparation, getting out on traditional climbing, bouldering and big mountain days whenever he possibly could.
He had a thirst for life that will be greatly missed, he was a safe and caring member of the climbing community, something we want every climber to become.
James voluntarily taught inexperienced climbers in his university climbing club, just as many other university climbing club members do every year. Those in a position of responsibility should always ensure they have the safest knowledge so they aren't teaching bad practice. However, this is very difficult to verify and regulate.
The bursaries are there to help create a reliable point of reference for all those voluntarily teaching at university. If one person in the climbing club is able to become correctly trained others around them can ensure what they are teaching to is the best and safest practice.
James' family want you to be able to access this knowledge and pass it on, so the fund provides these bursaries to help you do this.
James' family have established a number of ways to generate some regular income for the memorial fund. One of those is through the sale of packs of Christmas & Greetings cards and the other is through selling climbing insurance.
The insurance policy being sold is one of the mountaineering policies already on the market and that you would normally buy, but as a result of buying it through this website the commission, paid by the policy provider, will go directly to James' fund.
Please consider buying insurance through us next time you're planning a trip. The JBMF isn't an insurance company, its just another route to buying it.
James was passionate about many things in life which included Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Skydiving, Field hockey, and his Physiotherapy course.
During the development of the Logo it was very important to James' family that, in addition to climbing, his dedication to skydiving and hockey was displayed in the design. All of these pursuits played a big part in shaping the man we all love and remember.
Extra funding available via additional bursaries.
For an application form visit www.pyb.co.uk/brownhill.
The Mountain Training Trust (MTT) was established in 1996 by the British Mountaineering Council, Mountain Leader Training UK and Mountain Leader Training England.
The Trust is a ‘not for profit’ company and is a registered charity established for the advancement of the public benefit of education, training and skills for the conduct of safe mountain walking, canoeing, climbing, mountain biking, orienteering, skiing and other outdoor recreation generally practiced in mountain environments.
The Trust has a Board of Voluntary Directors who include the senior post holders in the above organisations; in addition, the senior employees of the above bodies act as advisors. MTT was awarded the contract to manage Plas y Brenin on behalf of Sport England in 1997. The current contract extends until 2026.
The principal business activity of the Mountain Training Trust is the delivery of high quality outdoor adventure training in a range of leadership and coach education qualifications and in sporting development for individuals. MTT runs, through Plas y Brenin, a comprehensive programme of courses in Wales, Scotland and in the Alps.
The courses cover all levels of qualifications in Mountaineering, Paddlesport, Orienteering and Mountain Biking. MTT manages a number of development projects and charitable programmes. In particular MTT manages a number of memorial bursaries and trusts which enable subsidised training opportunities to be taken on outdoor activities for young people or volunteers.
Following the tragic death of James in July 2011 the family approached MTT to establish a memorial fund which would provide a positive ongoing memorial to their son. It was decided that provision of bursaries to university mountaineering clubs activists would encourage like minded young people to pursue mountaineering as safely as possible.
The courses delivered by Plasy Brenin in North Wales and at CCG centres include, Mountain Leader Award, Single Pitch Award, Climbing Wall Award, Climbing Wall Leading Award courses.
The Brownhill family is using a variety of fundraising mechanisms to route £2,000 per year as a minimum to support bursaries which will be available via applications to the James Brownhill Memorial Fund. For an application form visit www.pyb.co.uk/brownhill.
In order to be eligible for a bursary from the James Brownhill Memorial Fund you must be:
For information regarding cards, fundraising etc. email@example.com
Event details are available on the Facebook page.
For information regarding the bursary and application please email Plas y Brenin
As a result of the very generous donations and sponsorship monies received by the JBMF we can proudly announce that the original intention of providing bursaries for a 5 year period has been quickly met and now the fund can provide bursaries for
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to and supported the fund in a wide variety ways. We know James lives in ALL your hearts.
The-Insurance-Surgery.co.uk is pleased to support The James Brownhill Memorial Fund. Any commission received from the links to Mountain Climbing and travel insurance bought through the ‘Insurance Surgery’ will be donated to the fund.
The JBMF will provide c8 bursaries a year for the foreseeable future; the rationale for this is to help keep James' memory & name alive for 20+ years. The balance of the course fees not met by the bursary comes from your club funds.
However the JBMF would like to make available ‘Additional Bursaries’ to University climbing clubs, for the next 2 academic years, without having to wait for the application process and without having to use club funds.
This can be achieved by the climbing club members buying a number of JBMF produced Christmas & Greetings cards. This will reduce the cost of the course to a few packs per club member and the additional funding will come from the JBMF. Examples of 2011 cards can be seen by following the facebook link from jbmf.co.uk.
Your Climbing Club simply needs to buy the specific number of packs (£5 a pack) of cards specified for each of the different types of course:
Mountain Leader Award (MLA)
Single Pitch Award (SPA)
Climbing Wall Award (CWA)
Climbing Wall Leader Award (CWLA)
Let us know if you are interested in this initiative (firstname.lastname@example.org) as we would like to distribute the cards before Christmas 2012.
Direct donations can be enhanced substantially via a ‘Payroll Giving’ option available to James family.
Account Number: 05570050
Sort Code: 40-47-86
Donations can be made through the JBMF Just Giving Page.
To continue our fundraising for the JBMF we would like to ask if you are going to buy either Christmas or Greetings cards to consider including some of the cards we have produced from photos taken by James & Joe, Tom & Gary. A pack of 6 cards is £5.
The cards can be viewed here.
The profits from the proceeds, which is about £1.50 per pack, will go into the JBMF. Through a ‘Payroll Matching’ option available to the Brownhills every 50 packs sold will provide another bursary.
The Christmas cards are available in packs of 6 of the same card or a mixed pack of each of the 6 cards; i.e. a choice of 7 packs. The Greetings cards are a mixed pack of the 6 cards shown. Please tell us what you want to order.
Please place your order, including your address, via e-mail (email@example.com) and make your payment via the Bank Account (Sort 40-47-86, Account no. 05570050) for the JBMF using your name as reference. We will then deliver them to you; without charge if possible. If you know you are likely to see us don't add postage. If not postage of up to 4 packs is £1 and 4+ packs is £1.50. If you order 10 packs only pay for 9.
We would ask you to place your order before Nov 12th. We may be able to have another print-run after that but can't guarantee the printer's ability to do so.
We hope you like what you see.
Many things have been carried out over the last 12 months, by James’ friends and family, to remember James and keep James’ name alive. The complete list of events and the number of people involved can be seen on the facebook link to this site.
There are five permanent memorials which will continue for the foreseeable future or be in place for many years.
This award was initiated by the course leader & tutors in recognition of James' contribution to the course overall and his particular strengths in clinical application. The winner is the individual who achieves the highest marks on their placements in the hospitals where the practical training takes place.
The award was initiated by David & James' friends and was approved by all the MMU societies & clubs to recognise their popularity and the activity & contribution each of them made to their respective clubs. Skydiving & Hockey (James) and Canoe (David) and the mountaineering club for both. The winner is recognised for their outstanding encouragement to the development of clubs within student activities, has been a valuable and passionate member of a club and made a contribution to student activities as a whole.
James' friends and work colleagues at Decathlon, where he worked for several years whilst not involved in school & university life, wanted to recognise how much James meant to them by providing and placing a plaque in the store where he worked.
Decathlon itself has made several valuable and generous contributions and acts of support since July 1st 2011 to support the memory of James and the JBMF and have given permission for the plaque to be placed in public within the store.
Please feel free to visit the store and see the plaque in the Sheffield store situated near the exit.
As part of the acts of remembrance for James & David, on the anniversary of their accident, the two families placed a joint plaque to commemorate James & David's friendship. It includes a photo of them climbing on the Mont Blanc massif in the days before their accident.
The plaque is on a wall dedicated to people who have lost their lives on the Mont Blanc Massif in pursuit of their passion of being in the mountains and enjoying the beauty and magnificence of the snow, ice and rock faces.
The plaque is in the general cemetery in Chamonix on a wall 10 metres on the right hand side as you enter the main entrance of the cemetery. It is metres away from a memorial to Charles Whymper; the great alpinist - good company!
Please feel free to visit.
James family have created the walk to be a permanent memorial to James' memory & name and it starts and finishes at his precious Stanage Edge where he loved to climb and boulder with his brother Joe and their friends.
It is 1 mile for each year of his life and so it’s 22 ¾ miles long. The 1st completion will be on Sept 29th 2012 which is 1 day before his & Joe’s birthday.
Maps and further details are now available on Facebook.
Shorter sections will also be created to allow round & linear walks of varying lengths so it can be tackled in stages. Maps & walking notes for the complete walk and the shorter stages will be made available on the facebook page linked to this website.
Please feel free to do whatever parts of it that you wish and let us know when you have done them (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will keep and display a note of your support.
Ask what pulls me magnetically to the face
And I will say this
Not just my body but my whole being
Is lifted to the heights.
The essence of me driven to be not just on,
But of the mountain
Intoxicated by crystal pure air, hues, aroma of Earth’s
Most staggering beauty
Fingers, toes moulding where rock offers its help
Now ice bitten cold,
Now sweat drenched, exhilarating, terrifying,
Life affirming joy
Should the mountain rule that I must remain
What better solace
Than my eyes’ last vision of such magnificence
Fused as one with nature’s finest gift
Higher than an eagle may soar
— Hilary Fawcett