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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

Sunday 31 August 2014 - Tryfan

Two friends with limited equipment were descending the North Ridge of Tryfan when another walker suggested they take a 'short cut' back to the campsite at Tryfan Bach. This involved climbing down one of the gullies on the East Face, probably Nor Nor Gully. All went well until they reached an awkward step which one friend climbed down but the other could not. They decided to split up and meet at the campsite and the overdue male was last seen making his way back up the gully to find another way down. After waiting for 2 hours at the campsite the first male called for help as there was no sign of his friend. Due to fading daylight an immediate tasking of 22 squadron was requested and team members made their way to Base.The 'missing' friend was found walking along the road having found a different way down after returning to the summit, so the team and helicopter were stood down. It is worth noting that he had no torch, whistle of phone with him so finding him could have proved extremely difficult.

Next Team Events

Wed 3 September 19:15 Base

Keela Kit Demo

Sun 7 September 10:00 Oggie Base

Cas Care

Sun 7 September 13:00 Idwal Youth Hostel

Idwal Youth Hostel open day

Wed 17 September 19:00 Dolgarrog Gorge

Gorge Scramble

Wed 24 September 18:30 TBC

Fun orienteering (with prizes)

Wed 1 October 19:00 Oggie Base

Team Training

Sun 5 October 10:00 Oggie Base

Team Training

Wed 8 October 19:00 Oggie Base

Cas Care

Fri 10 October 17:00 Plas Y Brenin

Team Training

Wed 15 October 19:00 Oggie Base

Cas Care

Next 333 Events

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

333 AGM and Social

Sun 9 November 10:00 Bryn Poeth

First Aid Day

Fri 5 December 19:00 Bryn Poeth

Memories, Mince Pies and Mulled Wine

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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 11:50 on 31/08/14 the weather conditions reported by our weather station were:

Temperature 13.3 C
Feels like 11.2 C
Rainfall rate 0.0 mm/hr
Pressure 1018.0 mb Steady
Wind direction 273 ° W
Wind speed 9.0 mph

Sunrise 5:52
Sunset 19:13
UV Index 2.2 - Low danger from the sun's UV rays for the average person.
Moon phase Waxing Crescent

The area forecast at this time was:

Mostly clear 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 73 incidents involving 119 people so far this year, which is about one every 3.3 days.

There have been at least 2484 incidents involving 3935 people since 1961.