In 1951, there were 15 reported accidents and three fatalities related to mountain travel in the U.S. In 2008, the number of mountaineering-related accidents was 112, with 15 fatalities, according to Accidents in North American Mountaineering 2009. With the rise in the number of people participating in outdoor activities such as skiing, climbing, mountain biking, and hiking, outdoor accidents and fatalities will also rise, based on statistics.
NSP released its new Mountain Travel and Rescue Manual in fall 2012.The book is published by The Mountaineers Books, and is also available at Amazon.com and many outdoor stores like REI. An addendum has been created, which can be downloaded here.
Attendees taking Mountain Travel and Rescue (MTR) courses will learn a variety of skills, including nutrition and how the body performs in a wilderness environment, weather patterns, survival skills, working with group dynamics, an introduction to search and rescue, rope rescue skills, improvised toboggan construction, and land navigation with map, compass, and GPS. The MTR courses are taught in classroom and field sessions, including mock scenarios to ensure the attendees can apply what they have learned to real life situations.
Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast looking to expand your survival and travel skills in the backcountry environment or a ski patroller preparing for one of the worst possible scenarios a parent can face at a ski area (a lost child), the MTR courses can help you get prepared.