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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


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.

Old and new members

We would love to hear from any old team members. We want to ensure that all members past and present are aware of activities in this our 50th anniversary year and beyond. Even if you think we have your details it may be that they are incorrect so please let us know how we can contact you. If you know any past team members please pass on this message.

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

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Anniversary Mug Our new 50th Anniverary mugs - Price £5.00 each plus £2.50 postage and packaging.
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Latest Incident

Sunday 30 August 2015 - Llyn Geirionydd

A couple were walking along the footpath on the west side of the Llyn when the lady slipped and injured her ankle. An ambulance was requested but access to her location was difficult so the team were also called. Luckily two team members were close by, asked the owner of a speed boat to assist, and they were taken to the far side of the lake by boat. After splinting the injury the lady was assisted in to the boat and taken back to the road. They were then going to make their way to the local hospital in their own car and the ambulance was stood down.

Next Team Events

Wed 2 September 19:00 OB

Training Meeting

Sat 5 September 10:00 Llyn Ogwen

Raft Race

Wed 9 September 19:15 Base

Committee meeting

Wed 30 September 19:00 Oggie Base

Cas Care - Extremeties Assessments

Sun 4 October 09:00 OB

Water and Rope Training

Sat 7 November 09:00 OB

SRT Advanced (Water

Tue 1 December 19:00 Asha Balti House, Llanrwst

Team Training

Sun 6 December 10:00 Oggie Base

Team Training

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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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Current Weather

At 13:00 on 01/09/15 the weather conditions reported by our weather station were:

Temperature --- C
Feels like --- C
Rainfall rate --- mm/hr
Pressure 1019.3 mb Rising Slowly
Wind direction --- ° ---
Wind speed --- mph

Sunrise 5:53
Sunset 19:12
UV Index --- -
Moon phase Waning Gibbous

The area forecast at this time was:

Increasing clouds with little temperature change. Precipitation possible within 24 to 48 hours

Further details can be found on our weather page.

In an emergency dial 999 and ask for the police.

There have been 89 incidents involving 156 people so far this year, which is about one every 2.7 days.

There have been at least 2618 incidents involving 4163 people since 1961.