California CME Rafting and Luxury Camping

Wilderness Medicine & River Skills Course

Join us for a 3 night, 4-day MedTreks river course on the Wild & Scenic California Salmon River in Northern California! This skills course and multi-sport weekend combines wilderness medicine, river workshops, deluxe camping and whitewater rafting! Designed for anyone wanting to get more training and skills around rivers and whitewater. Our group meets in Ashland, Oregon. We provide roundtrip transportation to the incredible Cal Salmon riverside base camp, our home for three nights. All you have to do is bring clothing and your toothbrush- we take care of the rest.

Highlights:

  • 2 days professionally guided rafting exciting yet safe class IV whitewater
  • 1 day inflatable kayaking the scenic emerald waters of a remote creek canyon
  • Private riverside basecamp reserved just for our group
  • Luxury walk-in tents with cots & sleeping pads
  • Enjoy 3 gourmet meals each day
  • Hot showers & wood fired sauna
  • River skills workshops
  • Wilderness Medicine lectures, hands-on skills and scenarios
  • Evening Happy Hours around the campfire
  • Wine tastings and riverside games
  • Learn from our incredible faculty and network with other outdoor enthusiasts
  • Option to obtain your WFA or WLS:MP (formerly AWLS) Certifications 

*Earn up to 24.25 Category 1 CME and obtain your Wilderness Life Support for the Medical Professional Certification 

Dates: May 6th-9th, 2024

Price:

Early Bird: $1695 (based on double occupancy) before January 15th, 2024

Optional: $695 WLS:MP Certification & CME Fee or $350 for Wilderness First Aid Certification

Detailed Itinerary

The adventure begins…

For a more day-to-day detailed itinerary of the trip, please download the free itinerary below. 

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    Cal Salmon CME Itinerary

    Rafting skills for women

    PEOPLE & PLACE

    The "Cal Salmon Experience"

    The ultimate luxury, multi-sport adventure camp trip. Think comfortable, walk-in tents, gourmet riverside meals, fun and exciting whitewater, campfires under the stars, sauna, and hot showers… this trip is hard to beat! Nestled in a remote and pristine wild region in California’s northwest corner, the California Salmon River is hidden about halfway between San Francisco and Portland, Oregon. The “Cal Salmon” combines beautiful, lush coastal scenery, an intimate, marble-smooth, granite inner gorge, a seemingly endless number of waterfalls cascading from above, emerald-green waters, a very comfortable pop-up base camp with hot showers, a wood-fired sauna, and unequaled class IV-V fun whitewater.

    Sauna Glamping

    Wood-Fired Sauna

    The wood fired sauna provides a cozy way to unwind after a great day on the river before tucking into your sleeping bag at night. Hot showers are also part of the sauna experience!
    Whitewater Rafting & Glamping

    Walk-in tents, cots & pads

    The comfortable camping is next level. The tents are walk-in with floor runners, side tables and solar lamps. There are cots with thick, comfortable pads, sheets, blankets, pillows and sleeping bags
    Glamping Food

    Gourmet Camp Cuisine

    Camp food taken to the next level: healthy, flavorful, beautifully presented with mostly local ingredients. The food is homemade, diverse, and served with a combination of style and wilderness practicality.
    Whitewater Rafting

    Incredible Whitewater

    Our riverside camp is located on one of the most beautiful stretches of river in Northern California. You may choose to explore the surrounding area or taking an early morning jog deep inside the river canyon. It is remote and no other place is like it.

    Course Info

    Learn Skills You Can Take Anywhere in the World

    This course is a Wilderness Medicine and Whitewater Skills course. It is designed to provide individuals with a robust skillset in wilderness medicine and river safety. Participants will have the option to certify as an Advanced Wilderness Life Support provider, however, this course offers much more than the AWLS certification- it combings rafting, kayaking, swift water rescue skills, paddling skills, ropes and knots and even touches on some basic survival topics. Learn more about the WLS:MP Certification HERE

    It is an excellent course for anyone who loves to spend time in the outdoors. 

    Who is this Course For? 

    Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, RNs, Paramedics/EMTs

    Can loved ones and non-medical guests attend? 

    Yes! We welcome friends, family and loved ones to attend.

    Optional WFA for non-medical professionals:

    Non-medical professionals are also invited to take the Wilderness First Aid course as part of this cruise. Our WFA course is designed to provide an individual with an introduction to wilderness medicine and the basic skills to treat the most common injuries and illnesses encountered in the wilderness. This program is appropriate for entry-level professional guides and other non-medical people who want a basic understanding of wilderness medicine.

    AWLS

    Hands-On Learning

    Wilderness First Responder

    Wilderness Medicine

    Advanced Wilderness Life Support

    River & Outdoor Skills

    Wilderness Medicine CME and AWLS Course

    Network & Connect

    MedTreks Faculty

    Sheryl Olson

    Sheryl Olson, Flight Nurse

    Ari Rasori Nurse Practitioner

    Ari Rasori, NP

    Global Medicine Conference - Add On

    If you are looking to extend your learning opportunities to travel medicine and global health topics, this river course conveniently ends the night before our Global Medicine Seminar in Ashland, Oregon. End your river adventure in our charming town for a 3-day conference at Ashland Springs Hotel downtown. Spend the weekend trail running, mountain biking, eating good food and exploring the boutique shops in Ashland, also home to the world-famous Shakespeare Festival!

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    DATES & PRICES

    Price:

    Early Bird: $1695 (based on double occupancy) before January 15th, 2023.

    $1850 (based on double occupancy) after January 15th, 2023

    Optional: $695 WLS:MP Certification & CME Fee AWLS Wilderness Medicine Certification, approved for Category 1 CME by the Wilderness Medical Society

    $350 for Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Certification for Non-medical professionals

    Includes:

    • 3 nights deluxe camping (walk-in tents, cots, sleeping pads)
    • 2 days rafting (all gear included and expert guided)
    • Professional guides
    • All gourmet meals while on river
    • Evening Happy Hours
    • Hot Showers & Wood-Fired Sauna
    • Roundtrip transportation from Ashland to river camp
    • Whitewater Skills Workshops
    • Wilderness Medicine Skills Workshops

    Not included: 

    • Transportation (from home to Ashland)
    • Guide gratuities
    • Travel Insurance

    We have enjoyed adding extra fun touches to these experiences, such as specialty wine tastings, craft cocktails, and hands-on skills for river and wilderness settings.

    Join us for some of the most classic and incredible advanced whitewater in the world, comfortable nights surrounded by huge coastal mountains, time with old and new friends around the campfire, and a chance to get away from wifi, cell phone chatter, and busy everyday schedules.

    Why MedTreks

    Our boutique travel and medical education company has a unique history of running trips all over the world for the past 2 decades. Regularly working in the Emergency Department and for a global health program in Kenya, the owner of MedTreks continues to stay involved in the details and execution of every trip. Our extensive experience not only in the travel industry but also in the medical profession, allows us to design trips specifically catered to the needs of medical professionals. Our goal at MedTreks is to provide the healthcare community with an opportunity to enjoy medical education while on vacation – to have fun, learn, connect and recharge, while exploring incredible corners of world. To learn more about why our trips are different, please click the Why MedTreks below! 

    Why MedTreks
    Wilderness Medicine CME and AWLS Course
    FAQ

    Yes! As long as the trip is booked before the final payment is due (90 days before trip start). A non-refundable deposit secures your spot on the trip.

    Our CME trips are all accredited for physicians, NPs, PAs and also provide CEUs for Nurses. We provide course information for all the courses that you can submit to your employer. After the trip/course is complete, we provide you with a CME certificate within 2-4 weeks

    We provide you with a comprehensive Welcome Package that includes a packing list, resources, course materials, and helpful travel tips for your upcoming adventure.

    Yes! We welcome loved ones and non-medical guests. They are welcome to attend all of our workshops and lectures while on the trip at no further cost. Some of our trips are even kid-friendly, depending on the trip and age of your children. Please send us an email to inquire about this possibility.

    This is a luxury style camp trip with walk in tents, cots, sleeping pads and pillows. Our base camp for the 3 nights is located on the California Salmon River. The camp also has a wood-fired sauna and hot showers!

    Send us an email! We are happy to set up a call and answer any questions that you might have!