Mtn. Bike Patrol
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the Backcountry Trail Patrol is primarily thought of as
a mountain bike patrol, we have become much more than
what our Assistant Director, Mike Randall, called
"mountain bike patroller(s) who gets bored in the
winter." The roots of the Backcountry Patrol go back to
1992, when the same park rangers who would start the
bike patrol three years later, were given responsibility
for the volunteer ski patrol in the Anoka County Parks.
The rangers and volunteers were sent to training with
the Hennepin (now Three Rivers) Parks volunteer patrol
and the National Ski Patrol at Wild River State Park,
and what would become the Backcountry Trail Patrol was
born. In 2000 the group also started doing ski and
snowshoe patrol as volunteers at Lake Maria State Park
and Sand Dunes State Forest.
In 2005, the patrol
tested one of the first of a new breed of winter bikes and
recognized that these fat-tired bikes were a potentially
valuable resource for patrolling. In 2007 one of our
patrollers started riding his personal Surly Pugsley at the
City of Lakes Loppet, and was soon joined by other patrol
members on their Pugsleys and Salsa Mukluks. As special
events developed around these new bicycles, the patrol was
asked to assist at races such as the Cuyuna Lakes Whiteout
and more recently, the American Birkebeiner Fat Bike Birkie.
Since 2014, through the generousity of supporters, we were
able to add six "fat bikes" to the patrol to enhance our
coverage of winter events.
Now, when the
traditional biking season comes to an end and the winter
sets in, the Backcountry Trail Patrol is prepared for an
active, snowy winter at Isanti County Parks and on the
Chequamegon National Forest, with two-thirds of our members
Watch for our red
patrol jackets on the trails and at the City of Lakes Loppet
ski and bike events, the Freezer Burn Fat-Bike Race, North
End Ski Classic, Cuyuna Lakes Whiteout and the Fat Bike
Birkie. Better yet, join us! Contact any patrol member or
E-mail us for more information.
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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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January 16, 2017
Backcountry Trail Patrol, Team Ortho Foundation and Emergicare Medical Training
working together to train as many people as possible in "Hands
Only CPR" this month.
Free CPR Classes
held at Team Ortho Foundation before each
Mountain Biker's Backcountry First Aid Class at
For over 20 years, the Backcountry Trail Patrol has been
providing first aid and emergency medical care at the
Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, the Twin Cities Marathon, Team
Ortho races, the City of Lakes Loppet and many other events as
well as on mountain bike trails throughout the region. Now we
are bringing that training to you! The more people who know what
to do in the event of an emergency the better prepared we all
are. The Patrol and Emergicare Medical Training can bring these
lifesaving skills to your location, before or after an event, or
in a workshop setting. Thanks to our supporters, the cost is
very reasonable and includes training, certification and
textbooks. For more information email
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Hypothermia and Frostbite Prevention and Care
their ongoing support!
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