Susan Purvis


Montana, United States



Over the past 25 years, Susan’s built a rewarding career anchored in risk management, science, wilderness medicine and avalanche education. She’s led successful programs, expeditions, and teams to the hottest, coldest, and highest places on earth. She spent a 15 years in the high country of Colorado learning the art of wilderness medicine and search and rescue dog training with her loyal companion, Tasha. Together they found people buried in the snow, drowned in water, and lost in the woods.

Susan’s bestselling and award-winning avalanche memoir, Go Find: My Journey to Find the Lost and Myself, shares her vulnerability and explores what it’s like to be lost herself —and found. She’s not afraid to admit that she’s been as lost as anyone she ever found. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Smithsonian, CNN, the BBC, and Discovery.

Susan has been a fixture with WMA since 1998. When she’s not teaching wilderness medicine courses, she helps people find their way, whether as a guide in the mountains, leading an expedition, or on the written page. Susan resides in northwest Montana near Glacier National Park.

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This instructor has completed the Wilderness Medical Associates International Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training

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