Crested Butte Outdoors - Wilderness Medicine & Backcountry Specialits
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Susan Purvis

Susan is the owner and lead instructor for Crested Butte Outdoors International, LLC. Her memoir, Go Find: A Journey to Find the Lost--And Myself will be published October 2, 2018.


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

Susan’s love for adventure and medicine has taken her to the hottest, coldest, and highest places on earth: Ethiopia, Antarctica, and Nepal. As a wilderness medicine expert and extraordinary speaker, Susan has worked on film sets for National Geographic Channel, truTV, appeared on the science documentary, The Hottest Place on Earth, aired on the BBC and Discovery. She’s been featured or quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian, on CNN, television, numerous magazines, and newspaper articles.

An explorer by passion, Susan combines wilderness medicine, desert survival, exploration geology, and K-9 search and rescue to land jobs on all seven continents. She teaches high altitude medicine for the local Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Everest Guides. Susan has served as a medic at a remote field camp and ice breaker in Antarctica, explored for gold in the Dominican Republic and produced a documentary in the Amazon jungle. Susan also spent a decade working at an urgent care ski clinic in Crested Butte where she also worked as a professional ski patroller, guide, K-9 avalanche expert and SAR member. Susan was named a brand Ambassador for Marmot and received Congressional Recognition for her role in avalanche search and rescue.

When Susan is not teaching you can find her boating on the cold, clear rivers in northern Montana or in search of the last snow powder stash. Go Find is her first book.

Expedition Medicine:

Antarctica: 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.

Ethiopia: Susan 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.

Nepal: Susan has taught high altitude medical courses to the Sherpa guides who climb Mount Everest and African guides who climb Mount Kilimanjaro. If you are interested in supporting her non-profit program, please contact Sue.

Susan has taught for Wilderness Medical Associates International since 1997.As a lead instructor for the American Institute for Avalanche and Research Education (AIARE), Susan teaches avalanche courses in Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, and Colorado.

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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