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

Our Passion

We Love What We Do

Susan Purvis, owner of Crested Butte Outdoors International teaches wilderness medicine as a lead instructor for Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA). Susan specializes in remote and high altitude medicine with over a decade of working and teaching over 9,000 feet.  Susan founded CBO in 1997, and since then has taught thousands of students around the world. By teaching certified courses for Wilderness Medical Associates, Susan maintains close contact with state of the art teaching cirriculum. Your wisest choice is to take a course with the experts.

Unrivaled Expertise

Crested Butte Outdoors International in conjunction with WMA is dedicated to the development of remote and practical medicine around the globe. We are medical rescue professionals, researchers, experienced educators, and advocates for healthcare in wilderness contexts. Our curriculum, overseen and continually revised by a committee of medical practitioners and academics, has been taught on all seven continents.

CBO International has trained over 1,000 medically and non-medically trained students around the world. Our participants include colleges and universities, camps, outdoor adventure companies, rural ambulance services, private industry, federal agents, and government entities. CBO International will train the responders and practitioners needed for medical care in low resource settings, anywhere in the world.

 Read about what the students are saying.

News & Media

Crested Butte Outdoors owner, Susan Purvis has been featured on television, in national magazines and news print for her expertise in wilderness medicine and K-9 avalanche search and rescue missions. Click her for stories of adventure, medicine and search and rescue. Susan Purvis frequently writes about her travels and  training around the globe. In her free time, Susan is writing a memoir about the training and high-risk deployment with her avalanche dog ,Tasha. The story unfolds in the high country of Colorado. For information about the release of her book log onto our site.


Expert Instructors

All of our instructors are outdoor educators and medical practioneers. CBO prides itself on low student to instructor ratio. On CBO courses, we make sure everyone is outside, learning and having fun.


CBO Gives Back

Wilderness Medicine as a Second Language, the name of Susan Purvis's non profit school gives back in natice guides in Nepal and Africa.

HIKE AND LEARN. Get ready to participate in the October 2012 Trek to Everest Base Camp and the 6th annual Sherpa high altitude medical courses. Help us help the Sherpa people by traveling with us to their homeland. Learn first-hand how to manage a medical problem and high altitude sickness while hiking to Everest Base Camp. Details coming soon.  


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Whitefish, Montana 59937

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