Susan Purvis, Wilderness First Responder Instructor

Saving Lives, One Course at a Time

Susan Purvis and Her Team Teach Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness First Aid, WFR Recertification Courses and Avalanche Courses.

Founded by wilderness medicine specialist and best-selling adventure memoir author Susan Purvis, Crested Butte Outdoors launched in 1998 and expanded to Whitefish, Montana in 2007. CB Outdoors provides wilderness medicine, wilderness first responder, wilderness first aid, and avalanche courses for all experience levels. Learn to think critically during emergencies in unconventional settings and give your staff the skills and confidence to manage the unpredictable. Meet Susan and her team here. 

Read What People Are Saying About Our Wilderness Medicine Courses

“Along with my six colleagues, I just got back from the Wilderness Medicine and Rescue Course (WEMS upgrade). I just wanted to boast about this incredible course of instruction and the fantastic individuals who provided it. After 25 years of public service in the USSS, I have never been in a more comprehensive or professional class than the one provided by Ms. Susan Purvis and Mr. Jeff Isaac.”

– Member, United States Secret Service

Enroll Now For Our Fall 2022 Wilderness First Aid (WFA), Wilderness First Responder (WFR) + Recertification Courses:

All of our Wilderness Medicine Courses are Located in Whitefish, Montana

Need a custom course?

CBO is available to teach private courses at our location or yours. Two-day Wilderness First Aid and 5-day Wilderness First Responder Courses are the most popular courses we teach.  Please contact owner and lead instructor Susan Purvis at 970-596-2999 for more information.

2023 Course offerings coming soon

 Wilderness medicine course schedule for fall 2022.

Book Your Wilderness Medicine Course Now For 2022!

Open Recertification Course
Sherpa guide training

About Crested Butte Outdoors (CB Outdoors)

We are based in Whitefish, Montana 30 minutes from Glacier National Park. CB Outdoors operates as an instructor-sponsor of Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA) and the American Institute for Avalanche Research & Education (AIARE). We are seasoned practitioners and expert instructors. We are also patrollers, mountaineers, sailors, skiers, hikers, and above all, your colleagues in the field. CB Outdoors offers practical, hands-on field-based learning. We offer courses in Whitefish, MT or at your personal location. Custom courses are available upon request.

Wilderness EMS Upgrade Course Susan Purvis
Search and Rescue Team Prepare for Carryout. Pinedale, Wyoming.

Wilderness Medicine Courses

We have twenty-three years of teaching hundreds of courses to thousands of students around the world. Crested Butte Outdoors is known for its positive, life-changing effects on students and organizations. CB Outdoors stands behinds its ability to empower students. We provide a safe environment for individuals to grow, learn to trust, develop leadership and communication skills and problem solve.

Wilderness Medicine Training
Alaska Ski Guide Training

Avalanche Courses

Crested Butte Outdoors teaches American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) Level 1 and Level 2 Recreational Avalanche courses through THE MOUNTAIN GUIDES–MONTANA. We believe in field base learning and our courses are held in the Flathead Valley, Whitefish, Montana. We offer mountain decision making and rescue skills, training with avalanche dogs and search dogs.

Glacier National Park Wilderness First Aid

Outdoor Adventure, Teamwork & Leadership

Ready for an outdoor adventure? You’ve come to the right place. Here are some common questions we are asked: What is my role when I go on a day hike?  Have I carefully selected and reviewed the participants in my group? What if one of our team members has a medical emergency? Who is in charge? How will I survive the night? How do I prevent hypothermia? What do I carry in my pack? Should I carry fire starter? Take one of our courses and soon you’ll stand confident in your decision-making skills. Our courses offer you a chance to gain experience and take control of your trip, your life, or situation.

Watch The Trailer For Susan Purvis’s Adventure Memoir, Go Find: My Journey To Find The Lost — And Myself.

Susan’s Book “Go Find”  Is Available On Amazon And At Local BookStores

Our Client List Includes:

• Flathead Avalanche Center
• Avalanche Dog Handlers
• Professional Outdoor Photographers
• Adventure Travel Trade Association
• Selkirk Outdoor Leadership & Education (SOLE)
• Search and Rescue Teams Nationwide
• Middle aged Americans who are still looking for something new
• Whitefish Review
• BBC and Discovery Channels
• Mountain Rescue Association (MRA)
Alpine Olympic Athletes
• International Federated Mountain Guides Associations
• Wranglers at Dude Ranches
• American Mountain Guide Association
•National Park Service
• Physicians who work in remote locations
• King County Search Dogs
• Professional Ski Patrol /Nordic Patrol
• Mineral Exploration & Mining Companies
• Bushwhacker Climbing Club
• Tip Top Search and Rescue
• Girl Scouts of America Staff
• Physicians who forgot what it’s like to practice medicine in the outdoors
• Adventure Travel Trade Association
• Camp Koochiching
• High school students
• Outward Bound
• Backpackers and Hikers
• Middle Fork of the Salmon River Raft Guides
• Colorado Mountain College
• Watsatch Backcountry Rescue
• Katabatic Consulting, Antarctica
• Becoming An Outdoor Woman
• Raytheon Antarctic Services
• High Schools & Community Colleges
• Crested Butte Search and Rescue
• Adaptive Sports Center Staff
• American Mountain Guide Association
• University of California Santa Barbara
• US Marines
• Glacier National Park
• Second Nature Wilderness Program
• Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation
• Jackson Hole Mountain Guides
• Division of Wildlife Law Enforcement
• Flight medics
• Flathead Valley Community College
• Avalanche Educators and Professionals
• Lake Tahoe Nordic Patrol
• Agnico-Eagle Exploration Co.
• Native American Tribal Members
• United States Geologic Survey
• Mount Everest Sherpa Guides
• United States Secret Service
• Search Dog Handlers
• Kenn Borek Air
• Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks
• Nursing & Medical Students
• Ted Turner Enterprises
• Department of Tobacco, Firearms, and Alcohol
• Camp Counselors
• Professional Mountaineers
• Professional Ski Patrollers
• Whitefish School District
• American Institute for Avalanche Research & Education
• Points North Heli-Adventures
• Teton National Park
• Grand Canyon Raft Guides
• Federal Bureau of Investigation
• Jackson Hole Search and Rescue Team
• Big Sky Search & Rescue, Montana
• Extreme Athletes & Climbers
• United State Forest Service Hotshot Crews
• Great Northern Powder Guides

CNN Interview - Caring for K9's in extreme conditions

Susan Purvis - CNN Interview

CBO Expedition Medicine Antarctica

Going to Extremes

Avalanche - Search Dogs Saving Lives

Mountain Guides Montana

The Explorers Club - Rocky Mountain Chapter Meets The Explorers

Susan Works as Wilderness Medicine Specialist in Antarctica

Tip Top Search and Rescue in the NYT’s

For the past 15 years, Susan Purvis and her company Crested Butte Outdoors is the sole provider for Tip Top SAR Wilderness Medical Training. Susan is proud of the accomplishments of this amazing team as they save lives in the high country of Wyoming’s Wind River Range.

From The New York Times: Pandemic Wilderness Explorers Are Straining Search and Rescue

Inexperienced adventurers have flooded remote areas like Wyoming’s Sublette County during the pandemic. When they call for help, the task is left to an overwhelmed network of volunteers. Read the article here.