Mtn. Bike Patrol
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Trail Patrol Activity Schedule
Discover Winter, the
Undiscovered Season...on a Fat Bike!
You're on the
Trails in the Winter and so are we!
Backcountry Trail Patrol is primarily a mountain bike patrol, we
are much more than what our Training Officer, Mike Randall,
called "a mountain bike patroller 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 started doing 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. 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. As special events
developed around these new bicycles, the patrol was asked to
assist at races such as the Cuyuna Lakes Whiteout, Penn Cycle
Fat-Bike Loppet, Fat Vasa Fat-Bike Vassaloppet, the American
Birkebeiner Fat Bike Birkie and we are co-sponsors of the
Freezer Burn Fat Bike Race on the trails we helped design and
build at Springvale County Park near Cambridge, MN.
more information on the patrol, e-mail
Backcountry@nospamtrailpatrol.org (Remove the "nospam"
for emailing us.).
us for more information.
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November 20, 2017
The Backcountry Trail Patrol, in cooperation with
Emergicare Medical Training, will be
sponsoring a Basic and Advanced Wilderness First Aid class
at Sand Dunes State Forest in Orrock, MN The dates for the classes
are tentatively the last weekend of
February and the first weekend of March, 2018.
Further informationwill be posted here after January
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, 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
Here for information on
Hypothermia and Frostbite Prevention and Care
their ongoing support!
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
their ongoing support!