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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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Latest Incident

Sunday 17 May 2015 - Gwydir Forest

The man was reported missing / overdue back at the Nant BH Car Park. The pair were cycling in the Forest main tracks and he decided to try a more direct route back to Nant BH. However after he was more than 1 hour overdue, his partner called 999. Team Leaders met with the informant and the main tracks were driven to try to quickly locate the man. During this time he arrived back at Nant BH safe and well. Unfortunately he had got lost soon after leaving her and then found himself in Betws-Y-Coed and decided to go back into the Forestry to find Nant BH. However during this return, he got lost again further delaying his return.

Next Team Events

Wed 27 May 09:30 TBC

Team Training

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

Team Training

Sat 13 June 09:30 Oggie Base

Team Training

Sun 14 June 09:30 Oggie Base

Team Training

Sun 21 June 09:30 Oggie Base

Team Training

Sat 27 June 09:00 Oggie base and local area

Team Training

Sun 5 July 10:00 OB

Casualty Care Core Skills

Sat 25 July 09:00 OB

Initial Hill Day and Training Weekend

Next 333 Events

Fri 19 June 19:00 Buxton

Camping Weekend

Sun 12 July 10:00 TBC

Mid Summer Madness Walk

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.

Click here to see all our cameras.

Current Weather

At 4:40 on 22/05/15 the weather conditions reported by our weather station were:

Temperature 10.4 C
Feels like 8.6 C
Rainfall rate 0.0 mm/hr
Pressure 1023.5 mb Steady
Wind direction 274 ° W
Wind speed 9.0 mph

Sunrise 4:54
Sunset 20:05
UV Index 0.0 - Low danger from the sun's UV rays for the average person.
Moon phase Waxing Crescent

The area forecast at this time was:

Mostly clear and warmer.

Further details can be found on our weather page.

In an emergency dial 999 and ask for the police.

There have been 46 incidents involving 88 people so far this year, which is about one every 3.1 days.

There have been at least 2574 incidents involving 4095 people since 1961.