Diamond Peaks Mountain Bike Patrol is a service of Overland Mountain Bike Association. Some might even call it the soul of our organization, since DPMBP is where it all started. Current Patrollers, please see important updates below
Why Become a Patroller?
You love mountain biking and you care about helping other mountain biking enthusiasts to enjoy the trails as much as you do. Certified Mountain Bike Patrollers work to assist others on the trails in medical and or mechanical emergencies. You will have the opportunity to educate trail users of proper etiquette using IMBA’s Rules of the Trail, maintain contact with local land agencies regarding trail conditions or incidents, and work side by side, ride by ride, with Outreach members on advocacy and trail work.
Questions or comments, please contact our Patrol Director, Pete Skram at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patrol Benefits, Requirements and Responsibilities.
When you become a DPMBP Patroller you make your mountain bike rides even more meaningful. When on patrol, Patrollers help both our fellow trail users and the land management agencies who manage the forests, parks, natural areas and open spaces where we ride. We currently work with the following land management agencies:
- United States Forest Service, Roosevelt National Forest (USFS).
- Colorado Parks and Wildlife (Lory State Park).
- Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites, & Trails (Curt Gowdy and Glendo State Parks)
- Larimer County Parks, Open Spaces and Trails.
- Fort Collins Natural Areas (FCNA).
Becoming a Patroller brings other benefits as well, but also brings with it certain requirements and responsibilities.
Additional benefits include:
- No-cost first aid and CPR training, provided as OMBA member benefit.
- Partial reimbursement for Wilderness First Aid training
- A waiver of entry and parking fees at trailheads, when you are patrolling.
- Partial qualification to participate in the new Trail Agent Program*.
- Gratitude from our land management agencies.
- Special status within OMBA.
- The warm, fuzzy feeling you get from helping people, while doing a fun activity.
- Current membership in OMBA.
- Be a minimum of 18 years of age (Parents may sign a waiver for their underage children to be out on patrol).
- Have a serviceable bike and always wear a helmet.
- Complete American Heart Association Certified First Aid and CPR Training (provided by OMBA).
- Complete “Good Host’ Training with the USFS and City of Fort Collins (Provided by the agencies, USFS good for 5 years, FC Natural Areas good forever).
- Complete and pass a background check (provided and paid for by Fort Collins Volunteer Services).
- Sign waivers for land management agencies that require them.
- Complete two training “Check Rides” with another Certified Patroller
- Demonstrate basic bicycle mechanic skills. (Change a flat, fix a broken chain, etc. Stuff that will help someone get back to the trailhead if necessary).
- Following each land agencies’ rules for trail use, patrolling and public interaction.
- Land Agency MOUs
- United States Forest Service.
- Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
- Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites, & Trails
- Larimer County Parks, Open Spaces and Trails.
- Fort Collins Natural Areas.
- Land Agency MOUs
- Being willing to help trail users in need when patrolling and generally being a good trail citizen and responsible rider (https://www.imba.com/ride/imba-rules-of-the-trail).
- Scheduling Patrol Rides in the Patrol Reporting System.
- Counting statistics, observing trail conditions and reporting those by logging patrols in the Patrol Reporting System.
- Being willing to occasionally provide patrol support for OMBA events and events that DPMBP supports.
The most basic requirement of being a Diamond Peaks Mountain Bike Patroller is to use your training combined with common sense to fulfill the responsibilities of the Patrol. We want everyone to be safe and have a good trail experience and your willingness to volunteer in the capacity of a Patroller will help that happen.
08/26/20 COVID-19 Pandemic Patrolling Update:
We have received updated requirements from the various land agencies that will allow us to identify ourselves while out on patrol during the COVID-19 pandemic. The primary one is that to patrol on City and County properties, you must complete a “COVID-19 Volunteer Guidelines for Natural Areas” online course. Once you do that and have completed all of your other requirements, you can patrol under the guidelines in the course.
Next, as of July 1st, the USFS has opened up for volunteer activities again and has produced a Risk Assessment Waiver (RAW) document that out lines procedures that must be followed while patrolling on Forest Service properties. You can read the new procedures for the Forest Service and the status for each agency below:
Fort Collins Natural Areas
08/26/20 UPDATE: No changes from previous.
We just received an updated requirement for all FCNA volunteers, which included DPMBP, of signing a COVID-19 waiver. Please log into your FC Engage account (https://engage.fcgov.com/) and you should see a notice for the new waiver. If you do not see it, please let me know.
Per our last update, certified patrollers must complete the FCNA “COVID-19 Volunteer Guidelines for Natural Areas” online course (takes about 26 minutes) to begin patrolling again as identified patrollers (wearing jerseys, showing your placards, etc.). Once you have completed the online course, you can patrol under the requirements mentioned in the course. To take the course, log into your FC Engage account (https://engage.fcgov.com/) and you should see an announcement for the course. If you do not, please let me know.
If you intend to go out on patrol, please be sure to adhere to the guidelines in the course and either wear a patrol jersey or have your patrol placard displayed to identify yourself as a patroller. We are still required to maintain the 6′ social distancing rules while patrolling and are also encouraged to patrol in small groups, to limit the possibility of community spread but you can now offer emergency aid if you have gloves and a N95 mask. Otherwise, we will continue to render aid by calling 911.
Larimer County Open Spaces
08/26/20 UPDATE: No changes from previous.
Larimer County Open Spaces is operating under similar guidelines as Fort Collins Natural Areas and are accepting completion of the FCNA “COVID-19 Volunteer Guidelines for Natural Areas” online course, in lieu of having to complete one for Larimer County. So, to patrol on Larimer County properties, you must complete the online course, have all of your certifications in place, follow the guidelines in the course while patrolling and be sure to either wear a patrol jersey or have your patrol placard displayed to identify yourself as a patroller.
10/12/20 CAMERON PEAK FIRE TRAIL CLOSURE UPDATE FROM KRISTY WUMKES WITH THE USFS (via Dave Kahl):
Thanks to Dave Kahl and the Trail Agent program for this Forest Service trail update (If you are going to patrol Forest Service trails, please be sure to check the closure links below):
The USFS Canyon Lakes District has expanded the fire closure area and closed the trailheads serving the Crosier Mountain area trails. All other areas and trailheads in the previous closure order remain closed. The good news is that all of the following USFS multi-use trails are currently open to the public, including mountain bikers and to trail agent outings:
Homestead Meadows area trails
If you want to get out on any of these trails, feel free to do so. If you want to coordinate an outing, just let me know and we’ll get it scheduled. We have some trail agent projects currently at work on Young Gulch and Hewlett Gulch (stream ford and crossing improvements, drainage structure repair, brushing and limbing), so if you’re interested in those, let me know and I can provide more info. and help coordinate an outing.
The impacts to trails from the Cameron Peak fire has not changed significantly from the last update. Although the fire has grown in size, it has not burned over any more of our program trails.
The fire is now at 47% contained.
See the closure order at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/COARF/2020-08-14-0842-Cameron-Peak/related_files/pict20200911-170743-0.pdf
There is also an updated press release on the closures here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD823368
10/01/20 CAMERON PEAK FIRE TRAIL CLOSURE UPDATE FROM KRISTY WUMKES WITH THE USFS:
I have good news to share about the Cameron Peak Fire- it is now 30% contained. While we’re not out of the woods yet, as there are still some sections of the fire with potential for growth in the right weather conditions, this is still progress.
The Forest has expanded the closure area because of the Mullen Fire, which has now made it into Colorado in Jackson County, and is expected to cross over into northwest Larimer County at some point.
See the closure area at: map.
Highway 14 remains closed at the junction with Stove Prairie Landing.
Current trails open for patrolling prior to rifle season (first elk season is Oct 10-14; elk-deer combined starts Oct 24) are:
Crosier Mountain Trails
The press release is available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD815986 and contains links to Fire Restrictions, the ARP website, CDOT, RMNP and State Forest State Park.
09/25/20 CAMERON PEAK FIRE IMPACT ON VOLUNTEERING FOR THE USFS: We received the following note from Katie Donahue, the District Ranger for the Canyon Lakes Ranger District via Kristy Wumkes at the USFS:
Hello wonderful volunteers,
Sharing an update message to you from the District Ranger.
Canyon Lakes Volunteers,
2020 continues to be more challenging than we ever could have imagined, as evidenced by the Cameron Peak Fire. The last five weeks have challenged our fire managers, employees, communities, volunteers, basically everyone. With that, I wanted to share some information with you. The Cameron Peak Fire continues to burn and with a perimeter of 240+ miles will take time to fully contain. The fire will continue to burn in some areas until there is consistent snow cover across the entire 100,000+ acres burned. Several communities continue to be threatened and that is our current focus.
Even as this fire continues to burn, we are looking towards recovery. Formally starting this week is the Forest Service’s BAER (Burn Area Emergency Response) efforts. This is a rapid assessment of burned watersheds by resource specialists to determine post-fire threats to life and safety, property, and critical natural/cultural resources on National Forest System lands to identify and implement emergency stabilization efforts. Along with this effort, the Forest is working with many partners, including Larimer County and water organizations, to look at longer term recovery needs. We know that our volunteers will play an integral part of this long-term recovery effort just as you stepped up and helped in the aftermath of High Park and the 2013 Flood.
What does this mean for our incredible volunteer programs? It means things will be different for the foreseeable future. Closures will remain in place. Even once the fire is controlled, there will be hazards in numerous areas that will have to be mitigated before they can open back up. It means that winter programs will look different this year, but we do not yet know how different. And, it will mean that we will need your support more than ever as we work towards recovery and what that means to the public as a whole. If you have questions, please pass them along to Kristy Wumkes or our acting Recreation Staff Jared Smith. We may not have all the answers right now, but it will help us understand what information you all need to plan for the months ahead.
On the staffing end of things, we continue to be extremely shorthanded in our Recreation staff. For those who do not know, Laura Shaffer has taken a new position on the Forest, so we are continuing to fill behind her with temporary detailers. Jared Smith of the Boulder Ranger District is the Acting Recreation Staff right now and he can be reached at email@example.com . We are hoping to fill at least one position in recreation this year, likely focused on developed/dispersed recreation and travel management (similar to Lenora Arevalos’s position). I am extremely happy to announce that Kevin Cannon will be returning to Canyon Lakes on a part-time basis as a contractor. I know how challenging it has been to work with us over the last several months as we have struggled with vacancies and a pandemic, but I want you all to know how grateful I am for the patience and grace that you have shown our staff during trying times.
Thank you as always for your constant support and stay tuned as assessments are done to determine our next steps forward.
District Ranger, Canyon Lakes Ranger District
Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests
Pawnee National Grassland
08/20/20 CAMERON PEAK FIRE UPDATE: As of August 19th, the USFS has shut down all volunteer activities in the Roosevelt National Forest due to the ongoing Cameron Peak Fire, so no patrolling or Trail Agent activities until the restrictions are lifted. You can read the most recent notices and view the closure maps here:
08/26/20 COVID UPDATE: No changes from previous.
As of July 1st, the USFS has opened up for volunteer activities again, so we can now patrol on Forest Service properties again, as long as you follow the procedures listed on the Risk Assessment Waiver (RAW). You can read the RAW here. These new procedures that must be followed while patrolling on Forest Service properties.
One of the major requirements of the RAW is that Patrollers must schedule their patrols prior to the day of the patrol and need to check in before and check out after their patrols. Patrollers must also carry an emergency communication device, such as a spot. So, we ask all Patrollers who want to patrol on Forest Service land to contact the Patrol Director (phone number will be emailed to certified Patrollers) prior to and after your patrol and carry an emergency communication device.
The most effective check-in and check-out would be a text with your names, trail/area you are patrolling and whether this is a check-in (1) or check-out (2). We are looking into purchasing some spot devices that can be shared, but until we have those, we ask that only those Patrollers who own such devices patrol on Forest Service properties. We will let you know as soon as those are available or if you can afford one and the service, it is a worthwhile thing to have if you spend time out of doors and away from cell coverage.
So in summary, here is what you need to do if you plan to do a patrol on Forest Service trails:
- Schedule your patrol in the reporting system prior to the day of the patrol.
- Patrol with a minimum of two patrollers and do patrols of no less than two hours.
- Check-in before your patrol via texting or calling the Patrol Director.
- Carry an emergency communication device while patrolling (a spot device or something similar, not just a cell phone).
- Check-out after your patrol via texting or calling the Patrol Director.
I realize that these requirements are a bit of a pain, but these requirements are designed to make Patrolling a safer activity for both Patrollers and those we may help out on the trail.
We also recommend that you still follow the general COVID requirements that were in place previously:
Rules of Conduct During COVID 19 Situation
- Stay home if:
- You or a member of your household exhibit COVID 19 symptoms in the last 24 hours
- You have a compromised immune system
- You have been exposed to COVID19 in the last 14 days
- Pre-schedule field trips and complete trip report within 24 hours
- Pre-trip emergency plan in place with household
- Conservative trail and trip choices- county EMS response capacity is reduced. Stay in lower/middle Poudre or Redfeather area if Forest Service office is closed
- Special projects (IE, non-regular patrol or trail work) must be pre-approved by the District Ranger
- Social spacing
- 6’ apart
- One person or household per vehicle (including private vehicles)
- Group size 10 or less (trail projects, group events, etc).
- Masks must be worn for any interaction that would violate the 6’ spacing rule
- Use hand sanitizer/wear disposable gloves after handling shared items
- Government vehicle use
- Sanitize before and after use (steering wheel, seatbelt, shifter, seat- anything touched)
- Wear gloves/use sanitizer when refueling vehicle/ handling fleet cards
- Minimal availability after May 26 (Fridays and weekends) because of one person/one vehicle rule
- Tool use
- Shared tools: Wear gloves and sanitize before and after use
- FS tools: Send one person to pick up if possible. Wear masks/gloves if two people pick up tools.
- Assign one person/one or two tools for day and do not share tools
- If the Forest Service office is closed:
- Check in via email to Kristy at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5 PM upon your return home
- Take a cell phone and a personal spot/InReach to the field as Forest Service equipment is unavailable for check out
Lory State Park:
07/15/20 UPDATE: No changes from previous
The Park is open and we have been given the go-ahead to begin regular patrolling, under similar Covid requirements as the City and County. We are able to identify ourselves as patrollers, but we must still follow social distancing protocols and wear a mask when interacting with other trail users. So, be sure to maintain the 6′ social distancing rules while patrolling and try to keep your patrol groups small, to limit the possibility of community spread. Please also try to schedule your patrols ahead of time and log them in a timely manner when you have completed them.
Wyoming State Parks:
07/15/20 UPDATE: The Parks (Gowdy and Glendo) are open and until we just heard from the Trails Manager that we have been given the go-ahead to begin regular patrolling, under similar Covid requirements as the City and County. We are able to identify ourselves as patrollers, but we must still follow social distancing protocols and wear a mask when interacting with other trail users. So, be sure to maintain the 6′ social distancing rules while patrolling and try to keep your patrol groups small, to limit the possibility of community spread. Please also try to schedule your patrols ahead of time and log them in a timely manner when you have completed them.