MedTreks Rogue River AWLS Wilderness Skills Safari
4 Day Luxury Wild & Scenic Rogue Rafting
June 20th-24th, 2023
Join us on an epic luxury wilderness adventure that combines all of the best things in an adventurous learning journey: rafting, hiking, swimming, yoga, delicious food, wine tasting, fun happy hours, amazing scenery, incredible wildlife, and great company! The Rogue River is an iconic American classic, one of the country’s great summer wilderness trips, a founding member of the National Wild and Scenic River System, and a river with such a grand reputation that in some circles it is simply known as “the Canyon”.
- Soak in the incredible 50 miles of the beautiful Wild & Scenic section of the Rogue River
- Float over 80 whitewater rapids that are exciting yet safe
- Explore incredible side canyon hikes to amazing waterfalls
- Arrive at camp – fully set-up by the guides – grab a beverage, and relax by the pristine river
- Appreciate the fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities: black bears, turtles, river otter and bald eagles
- Enjoy falling asleep under the stars with the sounds of the river
- Wake up and go on an early morning trail run or do yoga by the river
- Obtain your Advanced Wilderness Life Support Certification
- Earn up to 24.5 hours of continuing education credits
Who is this wilderness skills safari for? We welcome health professionals, non-medical professionals, students, family and loved ones. This trip is very safe, friendly and quite comfortable with the safari style camp set-up (more below on this below!).
What is Safari Style?
Safari-style trips take 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 (fully set-up tables under the stars).
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 helping set up your tents to hosting a full complimentary bar.
A Pacific Northwest classic river trip, this journey combines MedTreks workshops with Momentum River Expeditions’ signature river trip style: innovative wilderness camping, creative menus, attention to detail, and great hospitality.
There will be Wilderness Medicine Skills taught throughout the river trip. This is included in the core trip price and everyone is welcome to attend and participate in these skills workshops. For those who wish to get certified in Wilderness First Aid, there is an additional fee of $250 and those participants need to attend the 8 hr course on June 20th in addition to the skills taught on the river in order to obtain their Wilderness First Aid Certification (WFA).
Wilderness Medicine Skills Course
In 2023 we will be adding a Wilderness Medicine skills course to the Rogue River Safari. The lectures and hands-on skills will be interspersed throughout rafting, hiking and meals. There will be an option to obtain your Advanced Wilderness Life Support Certification. Skills will include patient assessment, splinting, wound care, survival techniques, ropes & knots and navigation strategies. Lecture topics will include lightning, water disinfection, medical kits, infectious diseases. The AWLS certification course is a hybrid course with some online material completed prior to the trip and then a day of lecture material in Ashland Oregon before the river trip begins. The remaining hours of hands-on skills will be taught throughout the 4 days on the river.
Loved ones and family are welcome on this trip! We have specifically designed this trip so that non-medical professionals can join and learn some wilderness medicine skills! The material is helpful for anyone who spends time outdoors, regardless if you are in the medical field.
CME: Approved for up to 24.5 hours of continuing education credits through the Wilderness Medical Society. Nurses also get up to 24.5 CEUs for the AWLS course or 8 CEUs for just the river skills course.
Check out the video from our 2021 Rogue River Safari!
Rogue River Itinerary
Rogue Camping Trip
Our trip starts in downtown Ashland, Oregon. We meet out in front of the Ashland Springs hotel. Here we help you pack your dry bags and get any last-minute “must-haves” at the resort. We then head to the river, meet the crew, and conduct a thorough orientation talk. After loading our gear and ourselves into the boats we push off and head into the Rogue River Canyon. For four days we will float the Rogue as it cuts through the remote and wild Siskiyou Mountain Range: the canyon is home to abundant wildlife including bear, river otter, dear, bald eagles, and osprey.
Day One includes Rainy Falls and a hike to the historic Whiskey Creek miner’s cabin. Each night we camp along the river on sandy beaches or grassy flats. On the first afternoon, we float into our first riverside camp and then have a “camp talk” and go over everything you need to know about our comfortable wilderness camping. In the evening we will enjoy our first dinner and a night under the stars.
You will arrive at your first safari-style camp to find walk-in tents, fully set up (with cots, sleeping pads/bags, side tables). Then grab a beverage from the happy hour and appetizer table and pull up a chair to relax and watch the river float by.
After a hearty breakfast and plenty of time for a second cup of coffee, we will break camp and head downriver. Day Two includes Windy and Kelsey Creek Canyons, some beautiful side creeks with great swimming options, and – for inflatable kayakers – one of the best days of rapids. The side streams of the Rogue are almost unmatched in their frequency, beauty, and pristine state – we will take time every day to visit at least once. We also may stop at the historic Battle Bar or Zane Gray’s Cabin. A wide variety of camping options are open for night two, depending on water levels and the length of our day on the river. After another big dinner (enjoy delicious, locally-sourced meals: we are well known for, and proud of our meals!) we get a good night’s sleep in preparation for a big day three.
On Day Three we float through Horseshoe Bend and head into the narrow and spectacular Mule Creek Canyon. Mule Creek Canyon is one of the most unique canyons in the world and for many, it is the highlight of the trip. For a short part of the canyon, you can float in only a life jacket through its calm swirling waters – there are very few sensations like it. The infamous and feared Blossom Bar rapid follows. Blossom Bar was dynamited in the early 1900s to allow boat passage. It is still an impressive rapid, but with the proper guidance, it is enjoyed by generations of visitors. After Blossom, we float lazily through the beautiful Huggins canyon before spending our last night on the river. Arrive at camp, invigorated and ready to relax with a cold beverage or a gentle hike along the Rogue Trail for sunset.
Morning comes once again with coffee, tea, and the sound of birds in the canyon. Our fourth day includes yet another scenic inner gorge, beautiful side canyons and swimming holes, some great jumping rocks, and a bald eagle rookery. We will also have some of the best opportunities to see black bears. We reach the end of our river trip in the early afternoon. You then either load up in our van to make the drive back over beautiful Bear Camp road to Galice Resort or make the short half-hour trip to the Oregon coast to continue your vacation.
PEOPLE & PLACE
This trip combines not only our favorite activities – hiking, rafting, yoga, and enjoying delicious food and wine – it also takes place in one of our favorite places in the country. The relaxed pace of this 4-day camp trip allows us to fully immerse ourselves in the experience. We spend days relaxing on this incredibly scenic river, arrive at camp to our friendly guides setting up an incredible riverside dining experience, and end the day sleeping under the stars to the sounds of the river… it is simply magical.
We are thrilled to be offering these trips in partnership with Momentum River Expeditions. They are known as the best river outfitter in the area with friendly guides who have a minimum of five years of experience leading trips around the world, and who truly enjoy sharing the outdoors with their guests.
Momentum is also known for its food. They prepare three-course meals featuring local & organic produce and products. Their food is incredible: homemade, diverse, and served gourmet river-style!
These river trips are fully outfitted and include all the personal camping gear: walk-in tents, sleeping pads (over 3″ thick!), and sleeping bags. All you need to bring is your clothes and your toothbrush.
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 all bursting at the seams. Nestled at the base of the Siskiyou and Cascade mountain ranges, Ashland has a reputation for great outdoor recreation, both in the city limits and beyond. Option: book a few days’ arrival ahead of time to explore this charming art and outdoor town!
Ashland 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 to enjoy during your visit.
The Rogue River: More Than Just Rafting
The Rogue is one of our favorite rivers in the world. The Wild & Scenic section of this river is particularly special because there is a beautiful trail that runs the entire length of the 40+ mile Wild & Scenic Section. This means that in the mornings you can wake up and go for an early morning run. You also have the option of walking the stretch of the river for the day instead of rafting, if you are up for a hiking adventure! We will be taking you on some incredible side hikes to amazing waterfalls. You will explore crystal clear creeks and fern canyons, just steps away from the beach where your tent awaits you. It’s a magical and stunning trip that combines the best of any wilderness adventure!
More About the Rogue River
Wild & Scenic
“The Rogue River is an iconic American classic, one of the country’s great summer wilderness trips, a founding member of the National Wild and Scenic River System, and a river with such a grand reputation that in some circles it is simply known as “the Canyon”. It flows through an area rich with pioneer history and lore – some of it surviving to this day in the form of remote, river-accessed, wilderness lodges and abandoned historic homesteads. The canyon itself is a stunning wilderness playground that is home to a staggering amount of wildlife and abundant whitewater. Momentum is based a short drive away from the Rogue and we are honored to have one of the best summer rafting trips in our backyard.
The Rogue River begins in the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness and Crater Lake National Park. It flows south west through the Cascades and then briefly touches civilization near the town of Grants Pass. We begin our trip just downstream right before the river plunges into the rugged and remote Siskiyou Mountains.
A trip down the Rogue has been compared to being in a “Planet Earth” movie. There are narrow canyons of polished rock, cool grottos draped in ferns, heavily forested hillsides, big sandy beaches, some of the best swimming holes anywhere, cascading waterfalls, and hikes up tumbling sidestreams. It is common to see bald eagles, osprey, otter, and black bear.
There are over 80 rapids and the whitewater is fun and exciting, yet safe. The rapids and the choice of craft make the Rogue almost unmatched in its ability to satisfy a wide range of tastes and skill levels. In fact, it is not uncommon to see trips enjoyed by three generations of family or friends. You have the choice of sitting in relaxing oar boats, participating in more exciting paddle boats, or navigating the whitewater in an inflatable kayak (this adds a big level of excitement to the rapids). Click below to read more about inflatable kayaking.
For all the grand descriptions and accolades heaped on the Rogue for many of the guides who grew up here, it is simply home – a place to recharge, relax, and live simply. At the end that alone might say the most about this place.”
The AWLS 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.
- Earn your Advanced Wilderness Life Support certification
- Learn the latest practical hands-on wilderness medicine skills for patient assessment, treatment & evacuation protocols
- Practice your skills in live scenarios with our expert instructors
- Obtain up to 24.5 hrs of category 1 CME
- Receive Wilderness Medical Society Fellowship credits
Price & Dates
Trip Cost & Dates
June 20th-24th, 2023: $2,295
Optional Advanced Wilderness Life Support Certification (classes held on June 20th): $350
- 4 days/3 nights of rafting and deluxe camping with gourmet meals
- 1 night boutique hotel lodging in Ashland Oregon
- Evening Happy Hours on the river
- Wilderness Medicine Skills on the River
- Optional morning yoga/movement classes
- Dry bags and personal floatation devices (PFD’s) are also included for our guests
- Transportation from Ashland to Rogue River and back
- Optional Advanced Wilderness Life Support Certification
- Transportation/flights to Ashland, Oregon
- Guide gratuities