Mountain Travel & Rescue Administrator

The MTR program is a great way to become more comfortable in the winter environment and to develop skills that pertain to travel during any season in an outdoor environment.



For Nordic skiers, Tahoe Backcountry Patrol offers MTR classes as part of its candidate training throughout the ski season. Alpine patrollers interested in participating in a MTR1 course in 2010 can contact Don Shockey at donald.shockey@sri.com to sign up for his course in ESR (Heavenly Valley area) on April 18 (classroom) and April 24-25 (field) -- see the ESR calendar.

Other classes are offered by the Mother Lode Region.

Fundamental Mountain Travel and Rescue Course (MTRF)

The purpose of the Fundamentals Mountain Travel and Rescue Course is to provide patrollers the knowledge and skills to travel in reasonable comfort and safety in the mountains and to assist in search and rescue. The course is taught primarily in a classroom environment with opportunities to demonstrate proficiency in an outdoor setting.

Basic Mountain Travel and Rescue Course (MTR I)

The purpose of the Basic Mountain Travel and Rescue Course is to provide patrollers the knowledge and skills to travel and stay overnight in reasonable comfort and safety in the mountains, and to assist in search and rescue. The course is taught in a classroom environment with opportunities to demonstrate proficiency in an outdoor setting. This course includes constructing an emergency shelter, and a shelter for an overnight campout.

Advanced Mountain Travel and Rescue Course (MTR II)

The purpose of the Advanced Travel and Rescue Course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to plan and conduct a successful multi-day / multi-overnight trip into a winter environment and to be effective leaders in search and rescue situations. This course offers hands-on experience in route finding, map reading, compass and GPS usage, emergency bivouac, and problems that arise in search and rescue situations. Participation in a mock search and rescue exercise is required.