index button

About OVMRO | Treble Three | Contact Us | Tributes

incidents button

Incidents | Maps | Summary | Graphs

training button

Membership | Log Book | Team Events | Photos of Training Events

resources button

Weather | Webcam | Useful Documents | Pictures of Ogwen | Wish list

reports button

Annual Reports | Latest Year

miscellaneous button

Lost & Found | MREW | NWMRA | SAR Links | UK-SAR Our Sponsors

shim button
Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation
Mountain Rescue England & Wales
Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation
OVMRO is a registered charity (No. 502442)
Click here to donate on-line

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.

Ways that you can help us

If you shop online please have a look at 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

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.

Next Team Events

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

Fri 16 May 09:00 Oggie Base

SRT Class

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

Wed 11 June 19:00 Menai straights

Menai Straights Rafting Paddle

Wed 25 June 19:00 base or local crag

TRR Training

Sat 28 June 09:00 Plas y Brenin

NWMRA - Fatal Incidents Course 2014

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

OVMRO is on Facebook

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 5:30 on 17/04/14 the weather conditions reported by our weather station were:

Temperature 8.7 C
Feels like 8.7 C
Rainfall rate 0.0 mm/hr
Pressure 990.8 mb Falling Slowly
Wind direction 108 ° ESE
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.