Instructor Bios

Susan Purvis

Susan Purvis






In 2007, Susan’s love for adventure and medicine takes her to the ‘hottest’ and to the ‘highest’ place on earth; Ethiopia and Nepal. Her work as Presenter and wilderness medicine expert in Ethiopia will be aired on the Discovery and the BBC Channels in 2008. In 2002, Susan started a non-profit high altitude medicine program for local Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Everest Guides and continues teaching every year. An explorer by passion, Susan combines wilderness medicine, desert survival, exploration geology, K9 search and rescue and writing to land jobs on seven continents. Susan has served as a medic on an ice breaker bound for Antarctica, explored for gold in the Dominican Republic and Mexico, and produced a documentary in the Amazon jungle. Susan spent a decade working at an urgent care/orthopedic ski clinic in Crested Butte. She has worked as a professional ski patroller, guide, K9 avalanche expert and SAR member. Susan has been teaching for Wildmed since 1997 and owns Crested Butte Outdoors Susan is a sponsored athlete for Marmot.