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Susan Purvis

Susan Purvis Biography

Susan Purvis has one main purpose and that is to inspire and empower curious minds through her writing and educational company, Crested Butte Outdoors International (CBO), based in Whitefish, Montana. Her job is to engage readers and to teach students to think critically in unconventional settings.

Over the past 25 years, Susan had made a living blending several careers: exploration geology in Latin America, wilderness medicine and avalanche education, expedition and urgent care medic, and a decade as a search and rescue dog handler in the high country of Colorado. As a lead instructor, Susan teaches for colleges, universities, private and public entities, and non-profit organizations. She holds a degree in geology from the University of Montana.

Susan has been featured in Smithsonian, several television shows, magazines, and newspaper articles. Her outdoor education company, CBO captured the attention of The Oprah Show, the US Secret Service, the FBI, the ATF, and elite search and rescue teams. As a wilderness medicine expert, she's worked on film sets for National Geographic Channel, truTV, and two expeditions to Antarctica. Susan's been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, on CNN and appeared on the science documentary, The Hottest Place on Earth, aired on the BBC and Discovery. Susan has traveled to over forty countries on all seven continents. Her latest documentary film adventure took her to Bhutan.

She's taught courses to several thousand students in her 18-year history working as a lead instructor for Wilderness Medical Associates, the leader in wilderness medicine education. She's developed and taught high-altitude medical programs (her non-profit school) for Sherpa's in the Mt. Everest Region of Nepal and for Africans who work on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Susan honed her medical knowledge working as a medic for eleven winters as a medic at a busy ski area clinic in Crested Butte, Colorado. Susan recently finished her memoir, Hang Fire: Adventures with an Avalanche Dog Handler. As an avalanche deployment team with her dog in Colorado, she received Congressional Recognition by the US Congress for her avalanche search and rescue efforts in 2003.

In October, 2015, Susan attended the three-week Banff Mountain and Wilderness writing program. She was one of only six in the world to be selected.

Susan has appeared on television, in film, and dozens of magazine and newspaper articles. She has been a presenter at the Wilderness Medical Society, National Association of Search and Rescue Conferences, Whitefish Review Literary Magazine, Authors of the Flathead, and several colleges. When she is not teaching you can find her boating on the cold, clear rivers in northern Montana or in search of the last great powder stash.

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