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Fall 2018

 Patrol News

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The Backcountry Trail Patrol, in cooperation with Emergicare Medical Training, will be sponsoring a 36-hour Advanced Wilderness First Aid class with Healthcare Provider CPR/AED, Thursdays, Nov. 1 - 29, 2018, (Except Thanksgiving) 6:00 PM at the DMD 2nd Floor Conference Room 1710 Douglas Dr. N. Golden Valley, MN
Field Session: Nov. 17-18, Tentative Location: Sherburne County Trail Shed, Co. Rd. 5, Orrock, MN (West of Zimmerman)

We will be using the new, Wilderness First Aid 5th Edition textbook, and there are significant changes in it, so you will need the new book. The 2015 revisions to CPR/AED are contained in it as well, so you won’t need a separate CPR textbook. We will need a minimum of 6 participants to hold the class. Registration will be available through both the trailpatrol.org and emergicaretraining.org websites. Registration fees include the textbook and an Emergicare Backcountry Medical long sleeved, breathable t-shirt. 

The new Backcountry Trail Patrol jerseys are now available on the Borah Teamwear Team BTP team store, and will be available until October 31st. It’s hard to tell on the website, but the long sleeve jersey is “freeride style” and has “TRAIL PATROL” running down each sleeve, with the CAMBA logo in place of the IMBA/NMBP insignia. The short-sleeve version is still the same “club style”, but the NMBP insignia has also been replaced with the CAMBA logo. We will look at a short-sleeve freeride jersey in the spring if there is interest. As with the current jersey, patrollers participating in the 2019 Borah Epic will have a choice between the new jersey and the hoodie du jour. (Link e-mailed to members)

I keep getting notices from AED.com that all of our AEDs are due for servicing. Since they are all registered to Team Ortho, we will collect them following the Monster Dash and send them in as a group. If you are working the Monster, bring your AED with you, and if you are not, make sure to get it to Shad, myself, or someone who is working the event so we can get them taken care of in the two-month lull before the Polar Dash. 

Fall colors were at their peak last week for the Tour de Chequamegon. The rest of the weather was lousy, but it was a beautiful weekend. Colors are peaking around Central MN (Around Isanti, Onamia, Brainerd and Cuyuna.) this week, the Twin Cities next. Great time to get outside and ride! 



Open Letter from the Patrol Chief Regarding the Transition of the National Mtn. Bike Patrol from IMBA to the National Ski Patrol

"Where conflicting interests must be reconciled, the question shall always be answered from the standpoint of the greatest good of the greatest number in the long run." ~ Gifford Pinchot, First Chief of the U.S. Forest Service, 1905-1910


The Backcountry Trail Patrol Association will not be transitioning into the new National Ski Patrol-Mountain Bike Patrol. The primary reason for this is that the new model does not fit into Backcountry’s mission statement; "A non-profit organization dedicated to protecting trail users and forest resources through service and backcountry safety education." I see this as the perfect opportunity to make happen what I have been talking about for several years now; the let Backcountry go back to being “backcountry.” Advocacy and trails have always been at the core of what we do. Backcountry was formed at a time when MORC had seemingly little interest in outstate activity (Cuyuna was just a dream at the time), and we successfully took on monitoring, improving, maintaining (including busting out beaver dams), and promoting the Simpson Creek and Trout Lake trails on the Chippewa National Forest. We went on to map the original MTB trails on the Superior National Forest north of Tofte and began our ongoing relationship with CAMBA, the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, and the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Our connection to the U.S. Forest Service and its mission of “Caring for the Land and Serving People” has always been very strong. Additionally, while I was with the DNR we also helped groom and patrol ski trails at Sand Dunes State Forest, and our members designed and helped build the MTB singletrack at Springvale County Park near Cambridge, and cleared trails (and won an award for doing so) at Dalbo Memorial Forest County Park in NW Isanti County.

Please understand that we totally support this move, and actually believe it should have taken place in 1998, when NORBA turned over NMBP to IMBA. However, in twenty years the function and emphasis of the Backcountry Trail Patrol has come full circle, and now is the right time for Backcountry to re-embrace it's original purposes.

Ride safe,

Hans Erdman, Patrol Chief


For more information on the patrol, e-mail Backcountry@nospamtrailpatrol.org (Remove the "nospam" for emailing us.).


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: October 12, 2018

 

 Emergicare Backcountry

Medical Training,


The Backcountry Trail Patrol, in cooperation with Emergicare Medical Training, will be sponsoring a 36-hour Advanced Wilderness First Aid class with Healthcare Provider CPR/AED, Thursdays, Nov. 1 - 29, 2018 6:00 PM DMD 2nd Floor Conference Room 1710 Douglas Dr. N. Golden Valley, MN
Field Session: Nov. 17-18, Location TBA
 
For further information and registration, CLICK HERE

Mountain Biker's Backcountry First Aid Class at YOUR Event!

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, MN Monster Series 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 "instructor@emergicaretraining.org"

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Trail systems we officially patrol (With links):

Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association

Chequamegon National Forest (WI)

Isanti County Parks