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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Thursday 26 March 2015 - Y Garn
Two male walkers had set off the day before to walk through the Devils'Kitchen, over Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach and then down to their campsite. A late start and a change in weather resulted in them becoming totally disorientated and lost as darkness fell. When they finally managed to get a phone signal at 06:30 one of them was semi conscious and the other was also suffering from hypothermia. It was extremely difficult to extract a location from them due to the high winds and slurred speech, but Y Garn seemed the probable search area. Ogwen team members and RAF Valley MRT members jointly searched the southern slopes of Y Garn with 22 Squadron assisting when possible as the cloud occasionally cleared. They were located on the north side of the summit of Y Garn having spent the night there trying to shelter from the weather. They were both hypothermic and unable to walk. They were rewarmed as much as possible then stretchered down to a small flat area where 22 Sqn were able to winch them aboard and fly them to hospital. All team members then returned to base. Llanberis MRT had also been on stand by to assist in case the heli could not extract.
Wed 1 April 19:30 Oggie Base
Heli safety DVD
Wed 8 April 19:00 OB
Technical Rescue Core Skills
Sun 12 April 09:30 Suitable local crag given weather conditions.
TRR with Fire Service Personnel
Fri 17 April 18:00 Tryfan
Tryfan Skylight (preferred date)
Wed 22 April 19:00 Meet in Dolgarrog
Ascent of Dolgarrog Gorge
Fri 24 April 18:00 Tryfan
Lights up Tryfan (backup date)
Wed 29 April 19:00 OB
Technical Rescue core skills
Sun 3 May 10:00 Oggie Base
Road Traffic Collision Training
Wed 6 May 19:00 OB
Technical Rescue Core Skills
Wed 13 May 19:00 OB
Equipment sorting and an-hoc training
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 0:40 on 30/03/15 the weather conditions reported by our weather station were:
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|Moon phase||Waxing Gibbous|
The area forecast at this time was:
Mostly cloudy and cooler. 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 19 incidents involving 31 people so far this year, which is about one every 4.6 days.
There have been at least 2547 incidents involving 4036 people since 1961.