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.
The team is very busy so we are always on the lookout for new members. If you live in our area, have winter and summer mountaineering experience and are willing to carry ridiculously heavy loads at all hours of the day have a look at our new members page.
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Monday 2 December 2013 - Craig yr Ysfa
A solo male scrambler became cragfast 30m up Craig yr Ysfa Amphitheatre Gully scramble and was unable to move up or down safely. 22 squadron deployed two RAF Valley MRT and four Oggie MRT close to the scene and they were able to rope the man to safety. The walker was happy to descend back to his car in the Conwy Valley unassisted and the Oggie Team members were flown back to Oggie Base. A wise decision to call for help as a fall at that location would have been serious.
Sun 8 December 12:00 Base
Wed 11 December 19:00 BASE
FIRST AID SCENARIO TRAINING
Fri 13 December 19:00 Great Orme
Sun 15 December 09:00 Base
Wed 18 December 19:30 TYN Y COED
End of year debrief
Sun 2 February 10:00 Oggie Base
Sat 8 March 11:00 Plas y Brenin
Sun 6 April 10:00 Oggie Base
Wed 9 April 19:00 Oggie Base
Wed 16 April 19:00 Oggie Base
Sun 12 January 09:30 Betws y Coed
Turkey and Cobweb 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 22:30 on 07/12/13 the weather conditions reported by our weather station were:
|Feels like||7.4 °C|
|Rainfall rate||0.0 mm/hr|
|Pressure||994.0 mb Steady|
|Wind direction||59 ° ENE|
|Wind speed||0.0 mph|
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.