Patroller Training: May 21 and 22, 2016, Chequamegon Fat Tire
Festival Office, Cable, WI
2016 NMBP Training
National Mountain Bike Patroller Training for the Backcountry
Trail Patrol this year will be May 21-22, 2016, at the
Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival office, on Spruce St. in Cable,
WI. Free camping Friday and Saturday nights at the USFS
Namakagon Campground, 3 miles north of the Town Hall on C. Rd.
In the past, we
have attracted new members through our annual Wilderness First
Aid and bi-annual Wilderness First Responder (WFR) classes, held
each winter/spring. In attempt to “raise the bar” above NMBP’s
basic national standards, effective January 1, 2014 we require
all prospective members to complete a 24 hour Wilderness
First Aid (WFA) and CPR training course from us or another
provider who follows Wilderness Medical Society Scope of
Practice guidelines, We hold our 24-hour Wilderness Emergency
Medical Care (Essentially WFA plus several skill areas directly
related to our activities and climate.) course in March or April
each year, near Zimmerman. We no longer be offering WFR
training, but strongly encourage members to take that training,
either through other providers, or by taking Outdoor Emergency
Care training through the National Ski Patrol.
We hold our
training near our primary patrol venue, the CAMBA trails in NW
Wisconsin. After training, you would then need to join NMBP
through the IMBA website, and take and pass their on-line
certification exam to become an active patrol member. Then for
the first six months, you will patrol with an experienced
patroller on the trails as well as at events. We ask that all
members commit to doing at least 12 hours of trail patrol on
CAMBA and/or MORC trails per season, and work at least three
events over the course of a year.
more information on training, e-mail
Backcountry@nospamtrailpatrol.org (Remove the "nospam"
for emailing us.) for
Personal safety is an important part of Backcountry Trail Patrol
training. Probationary members learn what equipment they
can and should carry with them, and how to be prepared
for the rapidly changing conditions in the North Woods. The link
above will take you our suggested equipment page.
Patrollers learn how to use a map, compass and GPS and how to
effectively help when other trail users need directions.
An important aspect of patrol responsibilities is to teach all
trail users, and mountain bikers in particular, how to enjoy the
environment without damaging it.
Occasionally forest visitors will get hurt, or become lost.
Patrol members learn basic search and rescue procedures to help
locate them quickly and effectively.
The Patrol teaches new members how to use U.S. Forest Service,
DNR and Backcountry Patrol radios and how to communicate
with Forest Officers and other patrollers. They also learn
inter-personal communication skills for assisting other trail
users, and avoiding confrontations.
The Backcountry Trail Patrol performs light trail maintenance,
including re-marking established trails and, when possible,
removing obstructions. Situations beyond our capabilities are
reported to the District Ranger's office for action.
Aid and CPR
All Patrol members are required to have a minimum of 16 hours of
Wilderness First Aid training and CPR certification.
After a candidate learns the basics, they spend time on National
and State Forest trails with a mentor, to practice what they have learned.
New patrollers learn to react to typical conditions they will
encounter when dealing with trail users.