Backcountry Trail Patrol Association to hold local training

The Backcountry Trail Patrol Association will be holding its 2012 National Mountain Bike Patrol (NMBP) training on April 21 and 22, at Springvale County Park shop, 3361 Hwy. 95, west of Cambridge.

Training will start at 9 a.m. and will include classroom, hands-on and field scenario training. Saturday will be basic NMBP training in patrol procedures, trailside bike repair, communications and trail care. Sunday will be additional training for those desiring to patrol the CAMBA trails on the Chequamegon National Forest, including US Forest Service safety and risk management, land navigation (map, compass and GPS), emergency survival and basic search and rescue operations.

The training is free, and there are no local dues, although there are dues for National Mountain Bike Patrol membership and patroller certification.

The National Mountain Bike Patrol (NMBP) is a program of IMBA, the International Mountain Bicycling Association. NMBP consists of dedicated volunteers partnering with land mangers, landowners and emergency personnel to assist, educate and inform all trail users in order to enhance their recreational experience. The NMBP program organizes and supports more than 60 volunteer bike patrol groups and 600 trained patrollers.

The Backcountry Trail Patrol is an independent, volunteer trail safety, education and assistance organization that provides services to all trail users in the forests and parks of Minnesota and western Wisconsin, through mountain bike patrol in the riding season and x-c ski and snowshoe patrol in the winter.

In the event of really adverse weather conditions, the training will either be rescheduled, or moved to the new Trail Shed at Sand Dunes State Forest in Orrock (or other suitable location) and they will contact those who have registered accordingly. All Backcountry Trail Patrol members are required to have a minimum of 16 hours of Wilderness First Aid training and current CPR certification.

Register by e-mail no later than April 6, at backcountry@trailpatrol.org. More information and an introductory video can be found on the patrol website, www.trailpatrol.org.

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