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Trail Patrol Activity Schedule
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.
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 will be
holding 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. This
year is a CAMBA year, and we are looking at a weekend in mid-May
for the training, held at Namakagon Town Hall and Fire
Department, and on the Namakagon and Rock Lake CAMBA trails. 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:
Cuyuna Lakes Whiteout Fat Bike Race
Team Ortho Minneapolis Duathlon
Patroller coordinated events include:
Lake Maria State Park Winter Family Fun Day
Lake Maria SP Candlelight Snowshoe Hike
Team Ortho Go Commando Adventure
Team Ortho Women Only Run
Patroller can decide to work an event and recruit other
members to assist.
us for more information.
Hypothermia and Frostbite
Our 2014 24-hour Wilderness Emergency Medical Care Course will be
on April 5-6 2014, in Orrock, MN, (Sand Dunes
SF). Registration is now closed.
their ongoing support!
Backcountry Trail Patrol is a member of
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: March 26, 2014