Multi-Sport Wilderness Medicine CME River Safari on the Upper Klamath
Dates: August 11th-14th, 2022
Wilderness Medicine & Multi-Sport Upper Klamath River Safari
*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 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 HERE
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.
Day 1: August 11th, 2022 Ashland Oregon
Plan to meet by 8 a.m. at the historic Ashland Springs Hotel. We will have a full day at the hotel with Wilderness Medicine (AWLS) lectures and workshops. In the later afternoon, you will have the chance to explore the charming town of Ashland or take a hike or run on the nearby trails.
Ashland is a wonderful town with delicious restaurants, boutique shops and incredible trails right in town. Upon registration we will send you a packing list and travel planner with our favorite spots for hiking, shopping and dining.
There will be an optional happy hour in the evening (location TBA). The hotel this evening is included in your trip cost (based on double occupancy). Lunch and dinner are on your own.
Day 2: Upper Klamath River Camp
Arriving to our Safari Style Bush Camp by raft!
Today starts the adventure! We will be picked up at our hotel in Ashland between 8 and 9 in the morning and head up the edge of where the Cascades meet the Siskiyou’s to the “put-in” at the Spring Island boat launch. We will have a continental breakfast while the guides are getting the boats ready and do a short safety and orientation talk. After that, we hop into the boats and begin the trip downriver.
The Upper Klamath begins with a fun class-III warm-up stretch which makes it a recommended rafting trip for first-timers or experts in good health. After about 3 miles of warm-up the canyon constricts, the river drops out of sight, and we enter the famous “Hells Corner” section of the canyon – beginning with a 150 yard rapid known as ‘Caldera’. There are very few stretches of summer whitewater like it.
Somewhere in the canyon, we will pull over for a big lunch.
In the afternoon we will pull into our comfortable Upper Klamath Bush Camp. The afternoon and
evening can be spent hiking, fly-fishing, playing games in the sun, or just hanging out. We will serve
appetizers, a big dinner, and dessert.
Mountain biking, hiking, rafting, and camp…
Day 1 was a big day, but Day, 2 can be even bigger.
After a hearty breakfast, we will meet for some more Wilderness Medicine lectures and hands-on skills before we embark on our late morning rafting adventure.
We have a short journey along a narrow old dirt stagecoach road that winds through remote pine forests, meadows and the old west ruins of a time in the not-so-distant past. You have a choice of a six-mile mountain bike ride (or run) or a short (but bumpy) drive. The track is rolling but does not include any significant climbs.
The track will drop us off by the rafts and at the top of Caldera Rapid – the first major rapid of the run. We will run the big continues class IV+ section again (the section the Upper Klamath is famous for) and, once again, stop for lunch along the river.
In the afternoon we will pull back into camp and you will once again we will have some wilderness medicine discussions over Happy Hour and enjoy all the options and amenities of our camp followed by another comfortable night in the beautiful high desert canyon.
Sleeping in, hiking, inflatable kayaking, and home…
Today is our final day on the river, we will have a chance to practice some Wilderness Medicine scenarios and review the Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS) course material.
This last day on the Upper Klamath canyon can be as mellow or active as you like! We will put out an early (and substantial) continental breakfast that can be enjoyed anytime you decide to rise. For those wanting a rare mellow morning, this one might be your favorite! For those still looking for action, it could be the perfect morning for fly fishing or join a guide for a morning hike to the rim.
Around 11 or 12 p.m. we will say a final goodbye to camp, float through a few larger rapids, and then arrive for a late lunch and a posse of inflatable kayaks. From this point on you will have the choice of staying in a raft or jumping in an inflatable kayak and running whitewater under your own guidance. The last section is class II+ (class III+ in the kayaks) and quickly flows through a more open canyon. For many, this can be the most exciting and memorable section of the trip.
We finish the trip on the California side of the Siskiyou’s and return to Ashland, Oregon, around 4:30 p.m.
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 bench, 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.
Price & Dates
Dates: August 11th-14th, 2022
4 day Wilderness Medicine Upper Klamath River Safari
Early Discount: $1745 early bird discount before April 1st, 2022 (use discount: MEDTREKSEARLYBIRD at checkout)
$1895 (based on double occupancy) after April 1st
CME Fee: $325 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 (August 11th)
- 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: email@example.com