Mtn. Bike Patrol
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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
Hans Erdman, Patrol Chief
more information on the patrol, e-mail
Backcountry@nospamtrailpatrol.org (Remove the "nospam"
for emailing us.).
Trail systems we officially patrol (With links):
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
Backcountry Trail Patrol is a member of
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May 16, 2018
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 at a
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
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Heat-related Illness Prevention and Care
their ongoing support!