Ogwen Mountaineering Festival 2018


Here's what happened in 2017!!

Friday 15th September:

9am - 3pm Visits by the festival team and Llywelyn Williams (Welsh champion surfer) to four local Primary Schools.

Llywelyn was left fighting for his life after being hit by a car as he was skateboarding home from a friend’s house. He suffered serious injuries but has recovered to become a well-known and accomplished surfer who aims to compete in the 2020 Paralympics. The hope is to inspire the younger generation to get out and be active.

7.30pm Alan Hinkes lecture at Neuadd Ogwen.

On Friday evening, we have Alan Hinkes, the only Briton to have climbed all 8000m peaks. His down to earth accounts and remarkable photographs, successes and near misses will all form part of a not to be missed evening lecture. Alan will also be part of Saturday’s activities.

Saturday 16th September:

9.30am - 12.30pm Coffee morning at Neuadd Ogwen to include industry trade stands and South Snowdonia Search and Rescue Team, Crib Goch, DMM and others. There will also be FREE climbing workshops with DMM and the Association of Mountaineering Instructors at Llys Dafydd, opposite Neuadd Ogwen.

1.30 - 5pm Welsh language lectures including Ben Stammers and Lowri Morgan. There are FULL translation facilities for these lectures inc headsets.

Ben Stammers will be speaking about his passion for the nature and wildlife that surrounds us in Snowdonia as well as projects that he has worked on. These include the promotion of habitats for birds as well as co ordinated projects with other organisations. A genuine opportunity to learn more from a knowledgeable and very talented person.

Lowri Morgan is a BAFTA and multi award winning television presenter and World Class Ultra endurance marathon runner, having raced in some of the most extreme races in the world. Lowri is one of only six people to ever complete one of the notoriously difficult 350-mile non-stop footrace - 6633 Ultra in the Arctic. Known also as an Adventurer - sky-diving from planes, skiing some of the toughest mountains and scuba-diving in dangerous waters.

Following her achievements, she attended a private reception with the Queen for acknowledgement of services to adventure and exploration and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship and Master Degree from Swansea University.

7.30pm - Nigel Shepherd lecture at Neuadd Ogwen.

Nigel Shepherd, International Mountain Guide and author will present his lecture on Saturday evening. A respected, knowledgeable and experienced mountaineer and skier, Nigel’s lecture will include tales of his experiences guiding, coaching and instructing clients across many parts of the world. A fitting way to close the 2017 Ogwen Mountaineering Festival