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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.

New members

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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Latest Incident

Wednesday 16 July 2014 - Tal y Bont, Conwy Valley

The team were asked to assist with a search for a missing male. The missing person left a vehicle in Tal-Y-Bont early in the morning and there was reasonable concern for his safety. A search response was started and supplemented by friends and colleagues. Eventually, the missing person made contact with his family but now reported he was lost. He was soon located about 800m away and taken to the ambulance by an NWP dog handler. The search planning process was just starting when he was located but no Ogwen team members had been deployed.

Next Team Events

Wed 23 July 19:00 Gribin Facet

Short Roping

Sat 2 August 07:00 Bryn Poeth and the Oggie 8

Oggie 8

Wed 6 August 18:00 Penmachno

Underground Adventure

Sat 9 August 09:00 Bangor University

Team Training

Sun 17 August 09:00 Llandudno

Llandudno emergency services day

Wed 20 August 18:30 Oggie Base

Team Training

Sun 7 September 10:00 Oggie Base

Cas Care

Sun 7 September 13:00 Idwal Youth Hostel

Idwal Youth Hostel open day

Sun 5 October 10:00 Oggie Base

Team Training

Wed 8 October 19:00 Oggie Base

Cas Care

Next 333 Events

Sat 2 August 07:00 Bryn Poeth and the Oggie 8

Oggie 8

Sat 6 September 09:30 To be advised

Treasure Hunt

Sun 14 September 09:00 TBA

Autumn Walk

Sat 11 October 18:00 Bryn Poeth

Night Navigation

Sat 25 October 18:00 Caffi Siabod, Capel Curig

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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.

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Current Weather

At 22:30 on 22/07/14 the weather conditions reported by our weather station were:

Temperature --- C
Feels like --- C
Rainfall rate --- mm/hr
Pressure 1023.8 mb Rising Slowly
Wind direction --- ° ---
Wind speed --- mph

Sunrise 5:05
Sunset 20:13
UV Index --- -
Moon phase Waning Crescent

The area forecast at this time was:

Partly cloudy 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 55 incidents involving 86 people so far this year, which is about one every 3.7 days.

There have been at least 2466 incidents involving 3902 people since 1961.