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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.

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.

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%.

Special Offer

Christmas Cards Two for the price of one! Two packs of Christmas cards (4 cards in each) for just £1 if collected and £2 if posted to you. Only limited stock left so buy early for Xmas this year on our merchandise page.

Latest Incident

Wednesday 23 April 2014 - Glyder Fach

A group of 7 friends lost the path between Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach when the cloud thickened. They rang for help, were located by SARLOC and encouraged to start walking towards Llyn Caseg Ffraith which they could then see as the cloud lifted. However, once there they were reluctant to make any further progress without the assistance of the Team so two team members walked up to them and slowly evacuated them in to Cwm Tryfan.

More details to follow...

Next Team Events

Wed 30 April 19:00 Bryn Peoth

SARDA Training

Thu 1 May 19:15 Oggie Base

Committee meeting

Wed 7 May 19:00 Oggie base

Practical GPS navigation exercise

Sat 10 May 10:00 tbc

Team Ex

Wed 14 May 19:00 Oggie

TRR

Fri 16 May 09:00 Oggie Base

SRT Class

Fri 16 May 20:00 TBC

Team Training

Wed 21 May 18:30 Oggie Base

Team Training

Sun 1 June 10:00 Wait for callout message

Full team exercise

Wed 4 June 19:00 Bryn Poeth

Tracking and clue awareness


Next 333 Events

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

Navigation Day

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

Oggie 8

Sat 6 September 09:30 To be advised

Treasure Hunt


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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 19:50 on 24/04/14 the weather conditions reported by our weather station were:

Temperature 9.1 C
Feels like 9.1 C
Rainfall rate 0.0 mm/hr
Pressure 990.2 mb Steady
Wind direction 165 ° SSE
Wind speed 0.0 mph

The area forecast at this time was:

Increasing clouds with little temperature change. Precipitation possible within 12 hours, possibly heavy at times. Windy.

Further details can be found on our weather page.

In an emergency dial 999 and ask for the police.

There have been 33 incidents involving 55 people so far this year, which is about one every 3.4 days.

There have been at least 2444 incidents involving 3871 people since 1961.

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