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.
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.
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Saturday 2 May 2015 - Pen yr Ole Wen
A party of 9 friends tried to ascend Pen yr Ole Wen from Ogwen Cottage but the weather slowly deteriorated into blizzard conditions causing them to lose their way. They strayed onto the Braich Ty Du face and one of them started to feel the effects of exposure and was unable to continue down the very steep ground. Three of his friends continued to the road and alerted the attention of the MR vehicle returning from the previous incident. Several hill parties made their way to the scene and 22 Squadron were asked to assist due to the dangerous nature of the terrain for a stretcher carry. Expert flying in challenging weather allowed the winchman to snatch the casualty without coming off the wire. The remainder of the group were walked down to the road by the MRT members.
Tue 5 May 19:15 Base
Charities day meeting
Wed 6 May 19:00 OB
Technical Rescue Core Skills
Wed 13 May 19:00 OB
Equipment sorting and an-hoc training
Sat 16 May 15:00 Tryfan Summit
Tryfan - Extreme Dine
Wed 20 May 19:00 OB
Wed 27 May 09:30 TBC
Wed 27 May 19:00 OB
Equipment sorting and an-hoc training
Sat 6 June 09:00 OB
Final Hill Day
Sun 7 June 09:30 Bristow/Caernarfon Airport
Sun 7 June 10:00 OB
Water Core Skills
Fri 19 June 19:00 Buxton
Sun 12 July 10:00 TBC
Mid Summer Madness Walk
Sat 8 August 07:00 Oggie Base and on the hill
Oggie 8 Challenge
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 3:50 on 04/05/15 the weather conditions reported by our weather station were:
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|Rainfall rate||--- mm/hr|
|Pressure||996.5 mb Rising Rapidly|
|Wind direction||--- ° ---|
|Wind speed||--- mph|
|UV Index||--- -|
|Moon phase||Full Moon|
The area forecast at this time was:
Mostly cloudy and cooler. Precipitation ending within 6 hours Windy with possible wind shift to the W, NW, or N.
Further details can be found on our weather page.
In an emergency dial 999 and ask for the police.
There have been 37 incidents involving 77 people so far this year, which is about one every 3.3 days.
There have been at least 2565 incidents involving 4082 people since 1961.