In the British Isles, traditionally, Mountain Rescue has been performed by mountaineers, for mountaineers, and is entirely voluntary. There is no charge for mountain rescue in the United Kingdom, but that is not to say that it is free. All the expenses of rescue are covered by voluntary donations and fund raising. With the cost of modern equipment and training, operating budgets can run into many thousands of pounds. As a team we do approximately 120 rescues per year, and the cost of running the team is £60,000 per annum.
The Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation operates over about 150 square miles of Northern Snowdonia. It maintains a base (Bryn Poeth), and two Land Rover Ambulances. In an average year, the team will perform about 60 rescues, including river rescues and searching for missing and vulnerable persons in rural or urban areas.
Treble Three, or more simply 333, was set up in 1997. The purpose of the group is to help raise both the profile and funds for the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation. The enigmatic numbers were chosen as they are the last three digits of our telephone number and quite frankly they are reminiscent of 999.
By becoming a member of Treble Three you will be supporting the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation in providing a rescue service, even if you don't have the time, skills, experience or fitness required to be active on the mountains.
As a member you will receive a membership card entitling you to discount in some equipment shops, a cloth badge and a car sticker. We aim to have a social event per month in the form of camping weekends, accompanied walks and bike rides, and the door at Oggie Base is always open for that just off the hill brew.
It costs on average £35,000 to keep the team fully operational. Great expense goes on equipment and training as well as running a rescue base and two Land Rover ambulances.
Why not join now and help to support mountain rescue in Northern Snowdonia?