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 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. 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 Winter 2021 Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Courses:

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

Level 1 & Level 2 avalanche courses for winter 20/21 are sold out!

Book Your Wilderness Medicine Course Now For 2021!

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-two 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:

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

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