Instructor Bios

Erik Forsythe

Erik Forsythe






Erik is a paramedic/firefighter with the Crested Butte FPD, and a Colorado EMS instructor. His schedule is as varied as his interests. Erik has 15 years of experience with the Crested Butte Professional Ski Patrol, most recently as their training supervisor. The rugged and remote terrain that has made Crested Butte famous for extreme skiing and also serves Erik as an ideal laboratory for backcountry emergency medicine and rescue techniques. Erik is a member of Crested Butte Search and Rescue, an MRA certified mountain rescue team. He also owns and operates Professional Rescue Training, specializing in technical rope rescue education. Erik has been teaching wilderness medicine programs since 1994, and joined the staff of Wilderness Medical Associates® in 2000. Outside the classroom, Erik is married and a father of two children, and still manages to honor his passions for ice climbing, mountain biking, and alpine mountaineering.