Ogwen Valley is the most northerly of the main valleys in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, UK. The mountains that surround the valley are about 1000 metres high and the terrain varies quite considerably. With eleven of the Welsh 3000-feet peaks and cliffs that reach about 300-400 metres in height our area is very popular with both walkers and climbers.
The Carneddau mountains to the north of our base at Bryn Poeth (Oggie Base) are high and open, but there is also open moorland with heather, bracken and sheep, as well as areas of dense forest and fast rivers around Capel Curig. This mixture of terrain calls for the team members to be competent in high angle rescue work as well as open terrain search and swift water techniques.
As a rescue team we now have over 100 callouts per year. There are approximately 50 people on the team, all volunteers, many of whom are qualified to a high standard of First Aid. We also have a number of Search Managers and Swift Water Rescue technicians. Although we are completely independent of the Police we work at their request; Team Members are then contacted by telephone or SMS. Our usual response time to an incident is typically 20 minutes before deploying someone on to the hill and a full team callout can be effected within 30 minutes. RAF Valley has a flight of Sea King SAR helicopters 20 minutes' flying time away and we often work together in rescuing and searching for people.
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Tuesday 21 May 2013 - Llyn Anafon
Party of two near Llyn Anafon reluctant to walk out
More details to follow...
Sat 25 May 19:00 Betws-y-Coed
Cotswold Tent Show (night 1)
Sun 26 May 10:00 Bryn Poeth
Sun 26 May 19:00 Betws-y-Coed
Cotswold Tent Show (night 2)
Mon 27 May 11:00 Cae Llan, Betws-y-Coed
Discover Snowdonia Event
Wed 29 May 19:00 Base
Family Liaision Officer / OVMRO assistance to Team members after an F.I.
Fri 31 May 09:00 TBC
Rescue 3 Management of Water and Flood Incidents
Sun 2 June 10:00 BASE
FIRST AID LEVEL 1 CORE SKILL & FURTHER LEVELS
Wed 5 June 19:00 Base
CAS CARE - INT & ADV TRAINING
Wed 12 June 19:00 Tryfan
Security on steep ground / short ropeing
Wed 19 June 19:00 Base
Search GPS & Practical Tracking
Fri 14 June 17:00 High Laning Caravan & Camping Park, Dent
Sun 28 July 09:30 Meet at Cafe Siabod, Capel Curig
Dave Salter's Mid Summer Madness Walk
Our main webcam points towards Y Garn with Llyn Ogwen in the foreground. We have another pointing in the opposite direction towards Capel Curig and a third pointing at Tryfan, but this one can move depending upon operational requirements.
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At 1:00 on 23/05/13 the weather conditions reported by our weather station were:
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|Rainfall rate||-0.2 mm/hr|
|Pressure||990.9 mb Falling Slowly|
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The area forecast at this time was:
Mostly cloudy and cooler. Precipitation possible within 12 hours, possibly heavy at times. Windy.
Further details can be found on our weather page.