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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

Monday 26 January 2015 - Conwy Mountain

A female walker, in a large group, slipped on the steep hillside and injured her leg. An ambulance crew were sent to the scene and they requested MRT back-up. As team members were making their way to the incident site a stand-down message was given as the air ambulance had landed close to the casualty. Subsequently, the air ambulance was unable to assist and 22 Squadron were then tasked, winched her aboard and flew her to Ysbyty Gwynedd for treatment.

Next Team Events

Sun 1 February 10:00 Oggie Base

Introduction to Search & Clue Awareness

Wed 4 February 19:00 Oggie Base

THRB familiarisation

Sun 8 February 11:00 Oggie Base

THRB familiarisation

Wed 11 February 19:00 Oggie Base

Avalanche Awareness

Sun 22 February 09:00 Oggie Base

Team Training

Fri 27 February 20:00 Badaguish, Cairngorms.

Scottish Winter Training

Sat 7 March 10:00 Plas y Brenin Lecture Room


Sat 7 March 18:00 Venue Cymru

50th Anniversary Annual Dinner

Sun 12 April 09:30 Suitable local crag given weather conditions.

TRR with Fire Service Personnel

Fri 17 April 18:00 Tryfan

Tryfan Skylight (preferred date)

Next 333 Events

Fri 19 June 19:00 Buxton

Camping Weekend

Sun 12 July 10:00 TBC

Mid Summer Madness Walk

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

Oggie 8 Challenge

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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 9:50 on 31/01/15 the weather conditions reported by our weather station were:

Temperature 3.1 C
Feels like -1.9 C
Rainfall rate 0.0 mm/hr
Pressure 988.2 mb Rising Rapidly
Wind direction 26 ° NNE
Wind speed 21.0 mph

Sunrise 6:56
Sunset 16:36
UV Index 0.0 - Low danger from the sun's UV rays for the average person.
Moon phase Waxing Gibbous

The area forecast at this time was:

Clearing, cooler and windy.

Further details can be found on our weather page.

In an emergency dial 999 and ask for the police.

There have been 2 incidents involving 2 people so far this year, which is about one every 15.0 days.

There have been at least 2530 incidents involving 4007 people since 1961.