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Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation
Mountain Rescue England & Wales
Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation
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Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation

About OVMRO

Bryn Poeth

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 Team in action 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.

New members

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.

Ways that you can help us

If you shop online please have a look at easyfundraising.org.uk. You can shop with over 2,000 well known stores and each will donate up to 15% of what you spend to OVMRO. For example John Lewis will donate 2.5% and Amazon 2.5%.

Merchandise

MREW Mugs Red thermal mug with MREW logo. £5.00 plus £2.00 for postage and packaging. Check out other items for sale on our merchandise page.

Latest Incident

Monday 15 September 2014 - Crimpiau

A party of two with 2 dogs became lost in the dark in the Crimpiau area after trying to follow a guidebook walk. A small hill party were able to locate them, retrieve them from the steep ground and walk them back to the road.

Next Team Events

Wed 24 September 18:30 TBC

Fun orienteering (with prizes)

Wed 1 October 19:00 Oggie Base

Team Training

Sun 5 October 10:00 Oggie Base

Team Training

Wed 8 October 19:00 Oggie Base

Cas Care

Fri 10 October 17:00 Plas Y Brenin

Team Training

Wed 15 October 19:00 Oggie Base

Cas Care

Wed 22 October 19:15 Plas y Brenin Lecture Room

EGM

Sat 25 October 18:00 Caffi Siabod, Capel Curig

333 AGM and Social

Tue 28 October 19:00 Oggie Base

Training meeting

Wed 29 October 19:00 Base

TRR & Tetra


Next 333 Events

Sat 11 October 18:00 Bryn Poeth

Night Navigation

Sat 25 October 18:00 Caffi Siabod, Capel Curig

333 AGM and Social

Sun 16 November 10:00 Bryn Poeth

First Aid Day

Fri 5 December 19:00 Bryn Poeth

Memories, Mince Pies and Mulled Wine

Sat 8 August 07:00 Oggie Base and on the hill

Oggie 8 Challenge


OVMRO is on Facebook

Oggie Cam

OVMRO webcam

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.

Click here to see all our cameras.


Current Weather

At 22:20 on 16/09/14 the weather conditions reported by our weather station were:

Temperature 15.3 C
Feels like 14.8 C
Rainfall rate 0.0 mm/hr
Pressure 1014.1 mb Steady
Wind direction 84 ° E
Wind speed 7.0 mph

Sunrise 6:13
Sunset 18:42
UV Index 0.0 - Low danger from the sun's UV rays for the average person.
Moon phase Last Quarter

The area forecast at this time was:

Increasing clouds with little temperature change.

Further details can be found on our weather page.

In an emergency dial 999 and ask for the police.

There have been 76 incidents involving 123 people so far this year, which is about one every 3.4 days.

There have been at least 2487 incidents involving 3939 people since 1961.

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