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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

About OVMRO

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.

Oggie 8 - Saturday 8th August 2015 - teams of two allowed and a choice of two route lengths

For this year, we have decided to allow teams of two to enter the Oggie 8 Challenge. Just complete the entry form in the usual way. Please note, if one member of a team of two drops out, the remaining member will not be able to continue.

We have also decided to offer a shorter "Oggie 4" route for those who would like to take part in the event, but do not feel that they could complete all 8 peaks. This shorter event will start at the Brew Shack next to Llyn Ogwen and follow the second half of the route over Y Garn, Glyder Fawr, Glyder Fach and Tryfan. It will finish at base, and as with all entrants, you will be given a goodie bag and be able to join in the after event party. Registration for the Oggie 4 will be at Oggie base from 11:00 to 11:30 on Saturday 8th August, and the start time from the Brew Shack will be midday. All rules remain the same as those published for the Oggie 8 - simply mark your application form as being for the Oggie 4.

Whichever challenge you choose, we wish you luck, and please visit the Oggie 8 section of the site and complete your application form as soon as possible to assist the organisers.

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

If you shop online please have a look at easyfundraising.org.uk. You can shop with over 2,000 well known stores and each will donate up to 15% of what you spend to OVMRO. For example John Lewis will donate 2.5% and Amazon 2.5%.

Merchandise

Anniversary Mug Our new 50th Anniverary mugs - Price £5.00 each plus £2.50 postage and packaging.
Check out other items for sale on our merchandise page.

Latest Incident

Monday 3 August 2015 - Carnedd Uchaf

Three ill equipped walkers called for help from the Carnedd Uchaf as they were cold, wet and lost.

More details to follow...

Next Team Events

Wed 5 August 19:00 Oggie Base

Airway Management

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

Oggie 8 Challenge

Tue 11 August 19:00 Oggie Base

Cas Care Group Meeting

Sat 5 September 10:00 Llyn Ogwen

Raft Race

Wed 9 September 19:15 Base

Committee meeting

Sat 19 September 09:00 Plas y Brenin

NWMRA Mountain Fatalities Course

Wed 30 September 19:00 Oggie Base

Cas Care - Extremeties Assessments

Sun 4 October 09:00 OB

Water and Rope Training

Tue 1 December 19:00 Asha Balti House, Llanrwst

Team Training

Sun 6 December 10:00 Oggie Base

Team Training


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.

Click here to see all our cameras.


Current Weather

At 13:00 on 02/08/15 the weather conditions reported by our weather station were:

Temperature --- C
Feels like --- C
Rainfall rate --- mm/hr
Pressure 1014.0 mb Steady
Wind direction --- ° ---
Wind speed --- mph

Sunrise 5:16
Sunset 20:00
UV Index --- -
Moon phase Waning Gibbous

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 77 incidents involving 136 people so far this year, which is about one every 2.8 days.

There have been at least 2606 incidents involving 4143 people since 1961.

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