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Winter 2017

 Patrol News

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Prepped and Ready for Snow!

Although the Backcountry Trail Patrol is primarily thought of as a mountain bike patrol, we have become much more than what our Assistant Director, Mike Randall, called "mountain bike patroller(s) 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 also started doing ski and snowshoe 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. As special events developed around these new bicycles, the patrol was asked to assist at races such as the Cuyuna Lakes Whiteout and more recently, the American Birkebeiner Fat Bike Birkie. 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.

Now, when the traditional biking season comes to an end and the winter sets in, the Backcountry Trail Patrol is prepared for an active, snowy winter at Isanti County Parks and on the Chequamegon National Forest, with two-thirds of our members riding fat-bikes.


Watch for our red patrol jackets on the trails and at the City of Lakes Loppet ski and bike events, the Freezer Burn Fat-Bike Race, North End Ski Classic, Cuyuna Lakes Whiteout and the Fat Bike Birkie. Better yet, join us! Contact any patrol member or E-mail us for more information.

Trail systems we officially patrol (With links):

Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association

Chequamegon National Forest (WI)

Isanti County Parks

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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: January 16, 2017


 Emergicare Backcountry

Medical Training,

The Backcountry Trail Patrol, Team Ortho Foundation and Emergicare Medical Training are working together to train as many people as possible in "Hands Only CPR" this month.

AHA Compression-only CPR

Free CPR Classes held at Team Ortho Foundation before each major race. 

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, Team Ortho 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 ""

Click Here for information on Hypothermia and Frostbite Prevention and Care

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