Crested Butte Outdoors provides training programs in wilderness medicine, K-9 search and rescue, and backcountry skills to students from all around the world. Headquartered in Crested Butte, Colorado, at 9,500 feet, the primary goal of the organization is to give students the confidence to prevent and deal with medical emergencies in the field. Students leave the courses with the competence and knowledge necessary for providing leadership and strong decision making skills in the backcountry. Susan Purvis, the operator of Crested Butte Outdoors, has a growing interest in offering wilderness medical training to mountain guides in developing countries. Recently, Susan traveled to Africa to teach a specialized high altitude medical course for the mountain guides of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The course was so successful that the program is expanding. In November 2005, she will be traveling to Nepal to teach a course to the Mount Everest Sherpas. �I love the challenge of teaching the Africa guides because knowledge is power. They can take all of their medical training and skills to their job on the mountain, to their villages, and to their families. If they can prevent a problem from happening or save a life, then I know I have done my job�, states Purvis. For contact information, to learn more about Crested Butte Outdoors, or to follow the High Altitude Medical Training Program in Nepal log on to the Crested Butte Outdoors website.
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