California Multi-Sport CME River Course
Welcome to MedTreks on the Upper Klamath River
Advanced Wilderness Life Support Certification
Wilderness Medicine & Multi-Sport Upper Klamath River Safari
July 13th-16th, 2023
*Earn up to 24.5 Category 1 CME and obtain your AWLS Certification
Join us for an epic weekend combining Wilderness Medicine skills and whitewater rafting with an ultra-comfortable ‘safari style’ backcountry camp (think glamping), and options for mountain biking, running, inflatable kayaking, and fly fishing. The Upper Klamath cuts a steep wilderness canyon through the Cascades of Southern Oregon and is one of the finest and most exciting class-IV+ rivers in the West.
This is a unique, action-packed, and comfortable luxury camping adventure – there is no other trip like it in the United States.
*Options for mountain biking, running, inflatable kayaking, and fly fishing…
- Experience deluxe, riverside “glamping” in comfortable safari-style walk-in tents
- Hike, mountain bike, fly-fish, hike to the top of the canyon, improve your river rafting and inflatable kayaking skills
- Enjoy running the whitewater, from the mild canyon waters to the famous “Hells Corner” section of the canyon
- Savor nutritious gourmet camp cuisine in your comfortable Upper Klamath Bush Camp
- Expand your wilderness medicine skills with an Advanced Wilderness Life Support Certification Course
- Spend the evenings around a campfire with a glass of wine, while getting to know new friends
- Fall asleep to the sounds of the river and the breeze
What is Safari Style?
Safari-style trips take the river camping to the next level! Each afternoon you will show up to a fully set up camp with walk-in tents (nightstands, tent runners, cots, pads, and sleeping bags), a shaded hangout area, and a family-style dining area.
Enjoy wine tasting, happy hours with appetizers, and delicious gourmet meals with some of the finest local ingredients and products. On these trips, extra experienced guides help with the gear and provide a more personalized service, from setting up your tents, to hosting a full complimentary bar.
Dates: July 13th-16th, 2023
Price: $1895 (based on double occupancy)
The Adventure Begins...
For a more day-to-day itinerary of the trip, please download the free itinerary below.
Upper Klamath Detailed Itinerary
Our trip starts in Ashland Oregon. Home to the world-famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival and ranked at the top of the “The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America,” Ashland is a cultural hot spot, with award-winning galleries, theaters and restaurants bursting from its seams. Nestled at the base of the Siskiyou and Cascade mountain ranges, Ashland has a reputation for great outdoor recreation in the city limits and beyond. Option to book a few days ahead of time to explore this charming art and outdoor town!
It is the home of MedTreks, so we are beyond excited to share this gem of a town and the surrounding area with our guests. Upon registration, we provide a detailed list of suggested local hikes, wineries, restaurants and shows that you can enjoy during your visit.
A truly epic venue in the wilderness. The safari style “bush camp” is fully outfitted with “glamping” style bathrooms, hot showers, bar, outdoor kitchen, yoga deck, hammocks, walk-in tents, sleeping pads (over 3″ thick!) and sleeping bags. All you need to bring is your clothes and your toothbrush.
The combination of our luxury camping, one of the most exciting class-IV+ rivers in the West, and a wild, high desert canyon makes for an active, comfortable, and quick wilderness escape – away from wifi, cell phone chatter, and hectic daily schedules. There are truly few trips like it.
The Upper Klamath has a high desert Old West character. There is a pioneer flavor with the canyon dotted with Native American and frontier relics, rapid names straight out of a western, and a ride along an old stagecoach track that winds through remote pine forests and beautiful meadows.
The river has three different sections and begins with a fun class-III warm-up. This first stretch makes the Upper Klamath a recommended rafting trip for first-timers or experts in good health.
There are plenty of opportunities to learn the finer points of river-running before dropping into section two where the canyon constricts, the river drops out of sight, and things completely take off.
Get ready for one of the most action-packed sections of river anywhere. Starting with a long class-IV+ rapid called Caldera, the river rarely slows for the next seven miles and is packed with exciting and fun class IV and IV+ drops. Buried in the middle of this stretch is the more challenging half-mile-long Hell’s Corner rapid.
More about the Glamping Experience
Upper Klamath Bush Camp
Tucked deep in the rugged and remote Upper Klamath River canyon on a beautiful riverside beach, shaded with Ponderosa Pine and Live Oak, is the Upper Klamath Bush Camp. The camp is only accessible by raft and combines near lodge-like comfort, safari-style flare, and the Klamath Canyon’s high desert and Old West ambiance, to create a truly unique ‘glamping’ experience.
Experience luxury camping in a remote setting!
While our days will be packed full of hands-on wilderness medicine training and river adventures, there will also be plenty of time to spend the later afternoon playing lawn games, hiking the trails, floating the river, trying your hand at fly fishing or taking in the river and canyon views from the yoga deck. Or, if the class IV+ whitewater was enough excitement for the day, you can choose to nap in a hammock or pull up a stool at the UK river bar stocked with local wines and a seasonal mixed drink or two.
In the late afternoon, appetizers will be served at our covered eating area and bar followed by one of our trademark meals featuring organic and local produce and ingredients. The evening can be spent at the bar, around the table, or by the river. The day is capped off by a night of sleep filled only with the sounds of the river and the breeze through the trees. Our walk-in tents are equipped with cots, sleeping pads and side tables.
Learn Skills You Can Take Anywhere in the World
What is the Wilderness Advanced Life Supper Certification?
A certification course designed for medical professionals who love adventuring in the outdoors, traveling and/or medical volunteering in remote settings. Learn hands-on medical skills that you can take anywhere in the world. Learn more about Advanced Wilderness Life Support HERE
Who is this Course For?
Physicians, Physician Assistances, Nurse Practitioners, RNs, Paramedics/EMTs
Can loved ones and non-medical guests attend?
Yes! We welcome friends, family and loved ones to attend. They will have the morning of the 11th free to explore Ashland while others are in the AWLS lectures at Ashland Springs Hotel. The weekend will be full of 3 days of rafting with options for hiking and mountain biking. There is plenty to do at the Bush camp and your guests are also welcome to come sit-in on any of the Wilderness Medicine skills & discussions while on the river.
Price & Dates
July 13th-16th, 2023
4 day Wilderness Medicine Upper Klamath River Safari
$1895 (based on double occupancy)
CME/AWLS Certification Fee: $395 AWLS Wilderness Medicine Certification, approved for Category 1 CME by the Wilderness Medical Society
- 3 days of rafting on the Upper Klamath River
- 1-night hotel at historic Ashland Springs Hotel (before the rafting trip)
- 2 nights deluxe camping (includes walk-in tents, cots, sleeping bags/pads)
- All gourmet meals, wine tasting/Happy Hour while on the river
- Friendly and expert guiding
- Dry bags and personal floatation devices (PFD’s) are also included for our guests
- Wilderness Medicine Workshops/AWLS Lectures
- Transportation to/from Ashland to the Upper Klamath Basecamp
- Transportation/Flights to Ashland Oregon
- Lunch & dinner on Day 1 in Ashland
- Travel Insurance
- Guide gratuities
Participants will be required to sign a standard liability release before the trip, acknowledging that there are risks associated with all types of travel and whitewater adventures.
Payment and Deposit:
A $500 non-refundable deposit is due at this time and will secure your place on the trip. . The balance is due 60 days before departure. Once you register, we will send you a Klamath River and packing list to help you prepare for this adventure! For those taking the AWLS certification, we will be sending you all course material and online modules with digital course textbook upon registration.
There are two ways to pay for the trip:
- Credit Card via Registration on our Website: Medtreksinternational.com
- Mail in a check to: MedTreks International, PO BOX 781, Ashland, OR, 97520
For any trip or payment questions, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org