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Winter 2017/18

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Discover Winter, the Undiscovered Season...on a Fat Bike!

You're on the Trails in the Winter and so are we!

Although the 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.

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Trail systems we officially patrol (With links):

Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association

Chequamegon National Forest (WI)

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 Emergicare Backcountry

Medical Training,

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 1, 2018.


AHA Compression-only CPR

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 ""

Click Here for information on Hypothermia and Frostbite Prevention and Care

We thank


for 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

for their ongoing support!