Mountain Biker CrashWhat would you do if you found a disoriented hiker suffering from a diabetic shock, or an injured mountain biker lying semi-conscious on the ground, or an alpine skier with a broken leg from a ten foot fall?

These were some of the mock scenarios where 15 PWV rangers spent the weekend in a two-day Wilderness First Aid (WFA) training class taught by Bear Spirit Outdoor Medical Training Center at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.

Read more: Wilderness First Aid: What Every Wilderness Ranger Should Know

BlueLake3Because PWV’s primary function is patrolling trails, the PWV Board established the Trail Patrolling Committee. The winter patrol functions and trail hosting will be absorbed by this new committee, as well as the general overseeing of all trail patrols.

We want to improve the quality of our trail reports and our knowledge of the USFS and PWV policies. We also want to encourage folks to patrol both the trails that most require patrolling and on the days that the most visitors are in the Forest. This way our patrols will be more effective.

Read more: New PWV Trail Patrolling Committee

Poudre Wilderness Volunteers (PWV) is hosting seven TR1weekends (14 days) of Trail Restoration work days this season to restore two popular trails that were devastated by the 2013 major flood. The dates are May 23, 24, June 6, 7, 20, 21, July 25, 26, August 22, 23, September 12, 13 and will conclude on the weekend of National Public Lands Day, September 26, 27.

You (or your organization, company, civic organization or church group) are invited and encouraged to join PWV restoration efforts. With your help, the goal of being able to fully open these two trails for public use can be achieved.

If you would like to help with trail restoration, please click on the green Register Online button. Registering helps us finalize plans for each work day and will let us inform you of any changes due to weather.




Read more: PWV Trail Restoration Project

Pawnee ButtesIn late March 2015, Wilderness Rangers Jeanne and Mike S. decided to do a non-PWV patrol at the Pawnee Buttes National Grassland. Neither of them had ever been there before, and was quite surprised how far the drive was from PWV-base in Fort Collins to Keota, Colorado. It was an 85-mile one-way trip just to get there. As they were thinking to themselves, why would PWV take on the responsibility of patrolling and managing such a single trail so far away?

Read more: Pawnee Buttes: An Alternative to PWV Patrols in the Mountains

SpringTrng2014 1Once the 2015 New Recruit class has applied, been interviewed and selected for participation in the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers (PWV), the training program kicks in. Kick-Off Night is set for Wednesday April 29, 2015 and includes training on several wilderness patrol topics. New Recruits then complete their assigned pre-work in anticipation of the mandatory Spring Training program.

Read more: PWV Spring Training Set for May 29-31

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Our mild winter and our eager volunteers have given PWV Winter Patrols fantastic results! In Just 7 weeks, through March 14th, we have completed 56 patrols, contacted 725 people out of the 1269 seen, removed 100 down trees, 39 pounds of trash and destroyed 7 illegal fire rings!

The first spring beauty and pasque flowers have been seen -- very early! The north-facing trails, such as Lower Dadd Gulch and Round Mountain still have some snow on the trails, but the south-facing lower trails, such as Greyrock and Hewlett Gulch have little, if any, snow, and the mud has been drying up -- until the next snow fall. Higher trails such as Big South and Roaring Creek still don their white winter dress.

On these lovely spring days a lot of folks are out on our trails, especially on the weekends.  Just be sure to have your traction devices handy for those slippery sections! -- JC

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Tue Apr 21 @ 6:00PM - 10:00PM
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Sat Apr 25 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Wilderness First Aid (WFA) - #2
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Wilderness First Aid (WFA) - #2

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