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%.


MREW Mugs Red thermal mug with MREW logo. £5.00 plus £2.00 for postage and packaging. Check out other items for sale on our merchandise page.

Latest Incident

Sunday 19 October 2014 - East Face Tryfan

A pair of students had travelled over from Manchester early in the morning for a day in Ogwen. The weather in the morning had been atrocious with high winds and driving rain. They left Ogwen Cottage at 10 Oclock to walk up to Heather Terrace. They arrived on the terrace at about 12 O’clock but struggled to find the start of the route (Grooved Arete). They climbed the route but clearly missed some of the key pitches and made it to the summit of Tryfan. For some reason they decided to abseil scramble back down the east face in the area of North Gully. As they were abseiling it went dark and the only torch they had failed leaving them in the dark. They decided to stop and call Mountain Rescue. They were saved from a long night by skilful flying of RAF 22sqn who managed to pick them off. They were brought to base.

Next Team Events

Sat 25 October 18:00 Caffi Siabod, Capel Curig

333 AGM and Social

Tue 28 October 19:00 Oggie Base

Training meeting

Wed 29 October 19:00 Base

TRR & Tetra

Sun 2 November 09:30 Oggie Base

Team Training

Wed 19 November 19:00 Base

Search theory introduction

Fri 5 December 19:00 Bryn Poeth

Memories, Mince Pies and Mulled Wine

Sun 7 December 10:00 Base & local venue


Wed 10 December 19:15 Oggie Base

Dog First Aid

Fri 27 February 20:00 Badaguish, Cairngorms.

Scottish Winter Training

Sat 7 March 10:00 Plas y Brenin Lecture Room


Next 333 Events

Sat 25 October 18:00 Caffi Siabod, Capel Curig

333 AGM and Social

Sun 16 November 10:00 Bryn Poeth

First Aid Day

Fri 5 December 19:00 Bryn Poeth

Memories, Mince Pies and Mulled Wine

Sat 8 August 07:00 Oggie Base and on the hill

Oggie 8 Challenge

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 0:40 on 25/10/14 the weather conditions reported by our weather station were:

Temperature 9.5 °C
Feels like 6.0 °C
Rainfall rate 0.0 mm/hr
Pressure 1012.2 mb Steady
Wind direction 252 ° WSW
Wind speed 16.0 mph

Sunrise 7:02
Sunset 17:30
UV Index 0.0 - Low danger from the sun's UV rays for the average person.
Moon phase New Moon

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 90 incidents involving 141 people so far this year, which is about one every 3.3 days.

There have been at least 2501 incidents involving 3957 people since 1961.