Crested Butte Outdoors - Wilderness Medicine & Backcountry Specialits
(970) 596-2999
Susan Purvis

Susan is the founder, president, and lead instructor for Crested Butte Outdoors International, LLC.


  • Lead Medical Instructors for Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA).
  • Lead Avalanche Instructor for American Institute for Avalanche Research & Education (AIARE).
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Montana and Colorado.
  • Wilderness EMT,
  • Avalanche Dog Trainer and Handler.

Recently, Susan's love for adventure and medicine brought her to the  coldest, hottest, and highest places on the planet. As an expedition medic Susan traveled to the Holtanna Glacier in Antarctica for 45-days (see video on home page). with a crew of 13 mechanics to repair at DC-3 aircraft. In 2008, she was hired by a film crew  to Explore the hottest place on earth, the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia. Her crew traveled on foot with camels to the 2000 year old salt mines. Hired as a television film presenter and wilderness medicine expert, she traveled through Ethiopia filming, The Hottest Place on Earth. The television documentary aired on the Discovery and the BBC Channels. Susan is continually called to work as a set medic in the wilderness for reality television shows.

As a lead instructor for the American Institute for Avalanche and Research Education (AIARE), Susan teaches level one avalanche courses in Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado.

Susan travels to the high country of Nepal to teach her custom high altitude medical course to the Sherpa guides who work on Mt. Everest. (see CBO Gives Back and News/Media for more details).

Susan spent a decade working at an urgent care/orthopedic ski clinic at 9,500' in Crested Butte, Colorado. She has worked as a professional ski patroller, ski guide, K-9 avalanche expert. For more than a decade, she served as a member and team leader of Crested Butte Search and Rescue, an MRA-certified mountain rescue team and volunteered with the local ambulance service.

In 2002, she started a non-profit high-altitude medicine program for local Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Everest Guides and continues teaching every year. An explorer by passion, Susan combines wilderness medicine, desert survival, exploration geology, K-9 search and rescue to land jobs on seven continents.

Prior to her wilderness medicine and avalanche pursuits she explored for gold in the Dominican Republic and Mexico. Susan's avalanche dog training and search and rescue mission experience makes her a frequent lecturer on the Wilderness Medical Society and National Search and Rescue Association annual conference circuits.

Susan has taught for Wilderness Medical Associates International since 1997.

Susan is a sponsored athlete and Marmot Ambassador.

Rocco Altobelli

Location: Montana and Idaho

WEMT / CCEMT-Paramedic

Since 1989, Rocco has worked in many backcountry rescue and emergency medicine positions. He has been a professional ski patroller, worked on big city and rural ambulances, a search and rescue coordinator, an avalanche rescue dog handler, a raft guide, a structural and wildland firefighter and an EMS and wilderness medicine instructor. When he's not teaching he can be found canoeing with his family and dogs, mountain biking, backcountry skiing or trail running.

Rocco pays the bills working as a flight paramedic servicing Northern Idaho, Montana and Washington State.
Happy trails,
Rocco Altobelli

Rocco teaches our Wilderness EMT Upgrade Courses in Whitefish, MT.

Darren Stokes

Location: Colorado

Certifications: NREMT-B, WEMT, M.S.

Darren has been a professional outdoor guide and instructor for over 20 years and holds a Masters Degree in Outdoor Recreation. He lives in Buena Vista, Colorado at the base of the Collegiate Peaks and on the banks of the Arkansas River. Darren is a WEMT and volunteers for Chaffee County Search and Rescue where he serves as Training Officer and as a member of the Swiftwater Rescue Team.

Darren shares his love for the outdoors with wife Tina, son Jesse and daughter Bailey. The kids have been skiing since they were two and rafting since they were three, keeping up with them is Darren's foremost outdoor challenge.

Darren is a lead Instructor with Wilderness Medical Associates and co-teaches our 5 day WFR courses.

Mark Fisher

Location: Snowbird, Utah

Certifications: Wilderness EMT since 1998
- Mountain Mobility Instructor/Advisor for United States Special Operations Command.

-- Snowbird Ski Patroller since 2005.

- American Avalanche Association Certified Instructor
- Wasatch Backcountry Rescue Dog Handler
-Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Instructor/Advisor
- Mountain Warfare Technical Advisor for Naval Special Warfare Group ONE
- Snowbirds Military Liaison for Military Training and Disabled Veterans Activities

Mark started his outdoor career in the early 1990s, when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and became an Assault Climber. His passion for climbing encouraged him to pursue a degree in Outdoor Recreation and Kinesiology. He served as the Officer in Charge of the Mountain Leader's Course at the Marine Corps Mountain Training Center in Bridgeport, California.

Mark co-teaches our Snowbird and Whitefish courses.

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