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Raising the Bar

The Backcountry Trail Patrol Association is a private, non-profit organization that provides volunteer trail patrol and medical support at special events as part of the National Mountain Bike Patrol. We are the third oldest active patrol in NMBP, and were the sixth patrol to join back when NMBP was part of NORBA. Because of the interests and abilities of some of our members, we also do some patrol on cross-country skis and snowshoes. Our primary patrol venue is the CAMBA Trails and the Chequamegon National Forest, and, with lesser emphasis, the trails in Isanti County Parks and at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis.

Medical support, City of Lakes Fat Bike Loppet, Feb, 2104


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 will 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, such as Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS (through REI), Wilderness Medical Associates, SOLO or Sirius Medical Training. We held our 24-hour Wilderness Emergency Medical Care (Essentially WFA plus several skill areas directly related to our activities and climate.) course April 5 and 6, near Zimmerman. We will no longer be offering WFR training, but strongly encourage members to take that training, either through the above-named providers, or by taking Outdoor Emergency Care training through the National Ski Patrol.

!n May we will be holding our annual NMBP new patroller training. We try to alternate this between the location in Zimmerman (at Sand Dunes State Forest, where I work) and our primary patrol venue, the CAMBA trails in NW Wisconsin. The training will be on May 10, at the same location as our first aid class. 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. You can see by the list below there are plenty of opportunities to work events.

Our major events are:
City of Lakes Loppet Urban Ski Festival
CAMBA/Mt. Borah Epic
Team Ortho Minneapolis Marathon
Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival
Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon
Other events we work are:
Team Ortho Polar Dash
Cuyuna Lakes Whiteout Fat Bike Race
Fat Bike Birkie
Team Ortho Get Lucky
TCM 1 Mile
City of Lakes Tri-Loppet
Cuyuna Lakes Rusty Ride
Team Ortho Minneapolis Duathlon
Team Ortho Monster Dash
Patroller coordinated events include:
Birkie Tour
Lake Maria State Park Winter Family Fun Day
Lake Maria SP Candlelight Snowshoe Hike 
North End Ski Classic 
Cable Off-Road Classic 
Minnesota Ironman Ride 
Team Ortho Go Commando Adventure race 
Team Ortho Women Only Run 
Birkie Trail Run 
Any Senior Patroller can decide to work an event and recruit other members to assist.

Email us for more information. 


Medical Training

COLD: Hypothermia and Frostbite

(with Windchill Chart)


 Training resources:

Emergicare Wilderness

Medical Training,

Our 2014 24-hour Wilderness Emergency Medical Care Course Is now completed.


We thank


for their ongoing support!


The Backcountry Trail Patrol is a member of




Trail systems we officially patrol (With links):

Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association

Chequamegon National Forest (WI)

Isanti County Parks

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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Last modified: April 30, 2014