Saving Lives, One Course at a Time

We Teach Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness First Aid & Recertification Courses


Crested Butte Outdoors Provides Wilderness Medicine And Avalanche Courses In Montana, Colorado, Lake Tahoe, and Nepal.

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. CBO 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.


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Sherpa guide training

Crested Butte Outdoors (CBO) is based in Whitefish, Montana 30 minutes from Glacier National Park. CBO 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. CBO 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 Medicine Course for Tip Top Search and Rescue
Search and Rescue Team Prepare for Carryout. Pinedale, Wyoming.

Wilderness Medicine:  Twenty-two years of teaching hundreds of courses around the world, Crested Butte Outdoors is known for its positive, life-changing effects on students and organizations. CBO stands behinds its ability to empower students. We provide an 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

Adventure, Teamwork, Leadership:  Ready for an outdoor adventure? Here are a few of the questions we will address: How do you show up as a leader? Who is in charge? Have I carefully selected and reviewed my group and group goals. What if one of our team member has a medical emergency? How will I survive the night?  How do I prevent hypothermia? What do I carry, how do I prepare? 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.

“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

Read Our Client List:

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

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