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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.

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

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Latest Incident

Saturday 13 December 2014 - Llyn y Cwn

A solo male walker slipped close to Llyn y Cwn resulting in a shoulder injury. Due to the cold weather conditions and his location on the mountain, 22 Squadron were asked to assist whilst a hill party assembled at Oggie Base. Luckily, the heli could winch him and flew him straight to hospital for treatment.

Next Team Events

Sun 4 January 10:00 Oggie Base

Cas Care

Wed 7 January 19:00 Oggie Base

Swift Water Familirisation

Wed 14 January 19:00 Oggie Base

TRR Introduction

Wed 21 January 19:00 Oggie Base

Fatal Incident Protocol

Sun 1 February 10:00 Oggie Base

Introduction to Search & Clue Awareness

Wed 11 February 19:00 Oggie Base

Avalanche Awareness

Sun 22 February 09:00 Oggie Base

Team Training

Fri 27 February 20:00 Badaguish, Cairngorms.

Scottish Winter Training

Sat 7 March 10:00 Plas y Brenin Lecture Room


Sat 7 March 18:00 Venue Cymru

50th Anniversary Annual Dinner

Next 333 Events

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

Oggie 8 Challenge

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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.

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Current Weather

At 17:10 on 13/12/14 the weather conditions reported by our weather station were:

Temperature 3.7 C
Feels like -1.2 C
Rainfall rate 0.0 mm/hr
Pressure 1009.6 mb Steady
Wind direction 313 ° NW
Wind speed 16.0 mph

Sunrise 7:05
Sunset 15:48
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 112 incidents involving 181 people so far this year, which is about one every 3.1 days.

There have been at least 2523 incidents involving 3997 people since 1961.