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.
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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Tuesday 15 April 2014 - Pen yr Ole Wen
A pair of walkers had traversed the Carneddau from Aber before becoming lost on the descent from the summit of Pen yr Ole Wen. A small hill party were at Oggie Base ready to be deployed but luckily 22 Squadron were training over the Menai Straits so located and extracted the walkers and dropped them off at Base for a debrief.
Wed 16 April 19:00 Oggie Base
Thu 1 May 19:15 Oggie Base
Wed 7 May 19:00 Oggie base
Practical GPS navigation exercise
Sat 10 May 10:00 tbc
Fri 16 May 09:00 Oggie Base
Wed 21 May 18:30 Oggie Base
Sun 1 June 10:00 Wait for callout message
Full team exercise
Wed 4 June 19:00 Bryn Poeth
Tracking and clue awareness
Wed 11 June 19:00 Menai straights
Menai Straights Rafting Paddle
Wed 25 June 19:00 base or local crag
Sun 8 June 09:30 To be advised
Mid Summer Madness Walk
Fri 27 June 17:00 Forest of Dean
333 Campling Weekend
Sun 13 July 09:30 Oggie Base
Sat 2 August 07:00 Bryn Poeth and the Oggie 8
Sat 6 September 09:30 To be advised
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 19:50 on 16/04/14 the weather conditions reported by our weather station were:
|Feels like||11.2 °C|
|Rainfall rate||0.0 mm/hr|
|Pressure||994.2 mb Falling Slowly|
|Wind direction||47 ° NE|
|Wind speed||0.0 mph|
The area forecast at this time was:
Mostly cloudy and cooler. Precipitation likely. 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 31 incidents involving 46 people so far this year, which is about one every 3.4 days.
There have been at least 2442 incidents involving 3862 people since 1961.