Ogwen Mountaineering Festival



27/4/19 - Comrades walk.

As part of this year's Gwyl Mynydda OGWEN Mountaineering Festival we have organised a Comrades Walk on the 27th April from 10am to 2pm. This is an opportunity for all present or former adult members of the Armed Forces, regular or reserves, male or female, to have a day out with like minded people. The walk will be at a relaxed pace with plenty of opportunity to chat along the way. The walk itself will not be too challenging and will take place in and around the area of Bethesda with the emphasis on spending some time outdoors in the company of others. The start and finish location is Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda, a community venue in Bethesda, Gwynedd, LL57 3AN. Free tea and coffee / biscuits will be available for all participants when we return to the venue.

This is not a money raising activity and is not part of any charity objective.

The walk will form part of the festival’s 2019 activities and the hope is for it to become a regular event where people can also gain support or information if they feel the need. The walk is organised by Stephen Jones, a former Royal Marine and it is something he hopes can help connect military personnel across North Wales.
There will be volunteers to assist if required and the emphasis will be on having a welcoming and friendly day out and NOT getting thrashed up and down hills! The terrain will mostly be footpaths, cycle tracks but some areas may be muddy etc. You will need warm and waterproof clothing as well as some food/drink for the journey. Let us know if you have any additional requirements or if you would like to borrow any clothing or equipment such as waterproofs or rucksacks etc.
If transport is an issue then please contact us and we will try and help as best we can.There are regular buses into Bethesda from nearby Bangor and plenty of accommodation options.
We recognise the importance of friends and family but unfortunately this initial event is not open to civilian friends and families but we DO have plans for events in the future where they certainly will be welcome!
We also understand the value of pets and animals but again for this initial event we would be grateful if they did not attend.
The event is organised by Steve Jones - 07877902624.
Please register via Eventbrite so we have an idea of how many are attending but you can also turn up on the day if you like -

We look forward to seeing you at Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda, LL57 3AN on 27/4/19 at 10am!

4/5/19 - An evening with Huw Brassington.

As an adventurer, athlete and inspirational speaker, Huw likes to be out of his comfort zone. Huw has attempted and succeeded in some of the hardest races in the world. Most recently he has turned to ultra-running, completing the infamous Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race in Wales and New Zealand’s Coast-to-Coast. He completed the gruelling BBC Ultimate Hell Week and is a former Team GB Triathlete.

During April 2019 Huw will be in Sri Lanka, taking part in the Ultra X endurance race. This is a 155-mile race over 5 days which brings mental as well as physical challenges.

Away from the sporting field, Huw’s sheer determination and lust for life has led him to become a regular commentator, published writer and public speaker, where he shares the secrets to his triumphs and turbulence with audiences of all ages in a captivating and engaging manner.

Prior to Huw speaking at Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda we will be showing the acclaimed documentary of the Berghaus Dragons Back Race which featured Huw and titled “Ar gefn y Ddraig”. This will be in Welsh with subtitles and is included in the ticket price.

Doors 6pm
Film 6.30pm
Film finishes 7.30pm
Huw Brassington 8pm

24/5/19 - Final Ascent: The Legend Of Hamish MacInnes

The legend of Hamish MacInnes began early. At 16 he climbed the Matterhorn. At 17 he built his first motor car – from scratch. He attempted Everest in 1953 with his friend Johnny Cunningham, and almost stole the peak before Hillary and Tenzing. As an explorer, expedition leader and engineer he achieved world fame. As inventor of the all metal ice axe, author of the International Mountain Rescue Handbook and founder of Glencoe Mountain Rescue he has been responsible for saving hundreds of lives, if not thousands. But at the age of 84, his accomplishments could not save him from being institutionalised against his will, suffering from delirium. After a spell in psychogeriatric detainment in a hospital in the Highlands of Scotland, during which he made many escape attempts – he emerged to find his memory gone. This film tells the story of his life by mirroring his greatest challenge: to recover his memories and rescue himself.

Doors 7pm

Film 8pm