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
Join us for the LAST season to run the ‘Hells Corner’ stretch of the Upper Klamath! This will be a celebratory trip and an adventure of the year – 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.
July 13th-16th, 2023
*Earn up to 24.5 Category 1 CME and obtain your AWLS (WLS:MP) Certification.
Optional Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Certification for non-medical professionals.
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 exciting class III & IV 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 for Medical Professionals
- Option to obtain your Wilderness First Aid Certification for non-medical professionals
- Spend the evenings around a cocktail, or glass of wine, while getting to know new friends
- Fall asleep to the sounds of the river
Why is it the last year on the Upper Klamath?
Check out our most recent blog to learn about this historic moment in time: The Final Season on the Upper Klamath
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.
“After 20+ years of negotiations, four dams on the Klamath river will be removed in 2024.The dams provide the peaking flows that are needed to raft the Upper Klamath in the summer. Without the peaking flows and with the water removed for irrigation the river will be too low for Hells Corner trips in the summer.
The project is historic, the biggest dam removal project in human history. And it is a huge win for the environment, for fisheries, for the river, and for the tribes that have relied on it for thousands of years.
With it’s high desert beauty, relentless but approachable whitewater, and strong summer flows the Upper K has been an amazing and unique way to get people outside and hooked on our rivers. We will miss it for sure. But we are so excited for our last summer season, excited to celebrate a huge environmental win ~ Momentum River Expeditions.
Read More HERE....and come join us in celebration on the UK this July!
More about the UK Glamping Experience
The Upper Klamath
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.
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
Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
We are also hosting a WFA course in addition to this AWLS (now Wilderness Life Support:Medical Professionals) so non-medical professionals are also welcome to attend and earn their WFA on this historic last trip down the Upper Klamath. Learn more about WFA certifications HERE
Can loved ones and non-medical guests attend?
Yes! We welcome friends, family and loved ones to attend. They can participate in the WFA course or attend lectures from both the AWLS & WFA courses without taking the certification.
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 (WLS:MP) Wilderness Medicine Certification, approved for 24.5 Category 1 CME by the Wilderness Medical Society
Wilderness First Aid Certification Fee: $250
- 3 days of rafting on the Upper Klamath River
- 1-night hotel at Ashland 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 (WLS:MP) and WFA certifications, we will be sending you all course material and online modules with digital course textbook upon registration. Payment options available!