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Fall 2016

Patrol News

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Event Season is Upon Us!


September and October are always the busiest months of the year for the Backcountry Patrol. After the Team Ortho Women Rock race in St. Paul, the last Saturday in August, we take a breather for Labor Day weekend. The second weekend of September is always the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival in Cable, Wisconsin. The following weekend is the Cancer Awareness Ribbon Ride in Cambridge, MN, and often a  trail run put on by the American Birkebeiner, also in Cable, WI. The first weekend of October marks the annual 22,000 runner Twin Cities Marathon and TCM 10-mile in Minneapolis and St. Paul. This year, our friends at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area have added a new race called Oremageddon on that same weekend. The end of October brings Team Ortho's largest race of the year, the Monster Dash, a Halloween themed costume race reputed to be the largest of its type in the country.

So you can see, it's a busy time for us. We welcome certified and trained members of other patrols to assist in these events. Please feel free to contact any senior patroller, or the patrol director or assistant patrol director if you are interested in helping out.

New Backcountry/NMBP Patrollers Trained in Cable, WI

2016 NMBP Training

New National Mountain Bike Patroller Training for the Backcountry Trail Patrol this year was held May 21-22, 2016, at the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival office, in Cable, WI. Three new members trained in and became part of the patrol.

In the past, we have attracted new members through our annual Wilderness First Aid and bi-annual Wilderness First Responder (WFR) classes, held each winter/spring. In attempt to “raise the bar” above NMBP’s basic national standards, effective January 1, 2014 we require all prospective members to complete a 24 hour Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR training course from us or another provider who follows Wilderness Medical Society Scope of Practice guidelines, We hold our 24-hour Wilderness Emergency Medical Care (Essentially WFA plus several skill areas directly related to our activities and climate.) course in March or April each year, near Zimmerman. We no longer be offering WFR training, but strongly encourage members to take that training, either through other providers, or by taking Outdoor Emergency Care training through the National Ski Patrol.

We hold our training near our primary patrol venue, the CAMBA trails in NW Wisconsin. After training, you would then need to join NMBP through the IMBA website, and take and pass their on-line certification exam to become an active patrol member. Then for the first six months, you will patrol with an experienced patroller on the trails as well as at events. We ask that all members commit to doing at least 12 hours of trail patrol on CAMBA and/or MORC trails per season, and work at least three events over the course of a year.

For more information on training, e-mail (Remove the "nospam" for emailing us.) for more information.

Trail systems we officially patrol (With links):

Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association

Chequamegon National Forest (WI)

Isanti County Parks

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Backcountry Trail Patrol Association, Inc., is an equal opportunity service provider, operating under a volunteer services agreement and in partnership with the USDA Forest Service Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

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 Emergicare Backcountry

Medical Training,

The Backcountry Trail Patrol, Team Ortho Foundation and Emergicare Medical Training have adopted St. John Ambulance Cymru-Wales' "Save-A-Life September" program and are working together to train as many people as possible in "Hands Only CPR" this month.

AHA Compression-only CPR

Free CPR Classes held at Team Ortho Foundation in Minneapolis, MN before each major race. 

Mountain Biker's Wilderness First Aid Class: Fall, 2016, Cable, WI

(Dates TBA after Fat Tire Festival)

Here is your chance go mountain biking and earn your Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification with CPR or Wilderness First Responder (WFR) re-certification. This fast paced, two and a half day, (20 hour) course is for anyone who is rides a mountain bike. The class is very "hands-on" on the beautiful autumn trails of the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) - participants will learn fundamental wilderness medical care and injury prevention, while developing important decision making skills for outdoor emergencies. Additionally, we will cover emergency bike repairs, sports nutrition and hydration. This backcountry medical training course covers all the WFA curriculum, emphasizing on situations common to mountain biking.

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