- Seven-day course in
a gorgeous riverside outdoor setting
- 4 days of Whitewater Rafting on the beautiful and exciting Salmon and Klamath Rivers
- Learn hands-on wilderness medical skills from
noted authorities Howard Donner, MD; Gene Allred, MD; Sheryl Olson, RN
- Learn navigation and outdoor survival skills from noted authorities
- Optional Guided ascent of Mt. Shasta (14, 161 ft.)
following course on June 13-14, 2015
Days 1-3: Whitewater Rafting on the exciting Klamath River (class III) at base of Marble Mountains in northern California. Fantastic wildlife and scenery.
Day 4: Wilderness Survival/Navigation workshops held at Clear Creek, a spectacular streamside wilderness site.
Day 5: Whitewater Rafting on the breathtaking Salmon River (class IV).
Day 6: All-day Outdoor Workshop on practical wilderness medicine skills (including patient scenarios) at Whitewater Ranch, an exclusive private wilderness camp on the Wild and Scenic Scott River.
Day 7: All-day Outdoor Workshop on basic mountaineering skills on Mt. Shasta.
Days 8-9 (optional): Guided ascent of Mt. Shasta (14,161 ft.)
June 13-14, 2015
About the Whitewater
Rafting during this unique course...
We do four days of fun and exciting whitewater
rafting during this course. Three of the days are on
beautiful class II / III sections the Klamath River and
also on breathtaking Clear Creek. The Klamath
and Clear Creek are excellent rivers for all skill
levels, from first-time beginners to experts.
They flow through rugged, gorgeous, forested
canyons---and each has an abundance of wildlife. We
commonly see bald eagles, osprey, black bears, deer,
otters, and many other species.
On the fourth day of rafting, we travel to the
nearby Salmon River. The Salmon is more challenging
class IV whitewater. It has crystal clear
water in a
spectacularly beautiful rocky gorge. If any
of our participants would rather not do this more
challenging whitewater on the Salmon day, we
have an optional itinerary for those individuals on
a class II / III section of the Klamath.
Our professional whitewater guides for this trip
include two former members of the US National
Whitewater Rafting team! (please
see guide bios below)
*Water flow conditions can
sometimes be too high or too low for an adequate margin
of safety on either Clear Creek or the Cal Salmon. At
such times, other beautiful whitewater sections on the
Klamath River may need to be substituted.
Primary Registrant: $1,595.00
Guests (Over 18): $1,395.00/guest
Guests (13-18 years): $995.00/guest
(Includes all meals and beverages, deluxe outdoor
camping site and facilities, professionally outfitted
whitewater rafting by Adventure Whitewater, and
professional mountaineering instruction by Sierra
Wilderness Seminars; optional Friday activity.)
Optional CME Fee: $695.00/guest
Optional Mt. Shasta Climb: (2 Day
Weekend Post-Trip) $450.00/guest
Additional CME Cost: $695
(Approved for 16.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM)
guests, and children (over age 12) welcome!
Optional guided 2-day Mt. Shasta Summit Climb:
(via basic non-technical route)
For participants who want to experience a
guided trip to the summit of Mt. Shasta, join
Sierra Wilderness Seminars Mountain Guides for
2 day Shasta Summit attempt.
Optional post-course, professionally guided ascent to the summit of Mount Shasta-(14,161 feet)--An epic climb!
THE OUTSTANDING GUIDES & FACULTY FOR THIS INTENSIVE
Head Instructor -
Donner, MD: Dr. Howard Donner is renowned as
one of the world's most experienced expedition
physicians. He is a also a highly acclaimed speaker on
Dr. Donner has been prominently featured in two
award-winning NOVA television documentaries including;
"Deadly Ascent" which chronicles mountain medicine and
research on 20,320 ft Denali (Mount McKinley); and "Everest
- The Death Zone". Donner served as expedition
doctor on the 1998 NOVA Everest expedition, which was
featured in the television documentary: "Everest: The
- 3 seasons as a rescue
doctor on Mt. McKinley in Alaska for the National
Park Service at the 14,000 foot medical / rescue
- Worked on numerous medical projects in the Himalayas including two
seasons as a staff physician for the Himalayan
- Expedition physician on the first
American ascent of Kangchenjunga, the world's third
highest peak (28,000 feet).
- Olympic physician for
the United States White Water Team in Atlanta in
- 5 years of
service as a medical operations consultant for NASA,
where he was involved in the design of the Shuttle
and International Space Station medical systems.
- Co-author of The Field Guide
to Wilderness Medicine (3rd edition was published in
August of 2008).
"I couldn't think of anyone better than Howard Donner to teach a course like this. He is a true expert in the field. His lecture style sets the right tone for the week.
Howard is truly awesome! Fabulous CME!"
Leslie Cho, MD - Emergency Medicine - San Francisco
||Gene Allred, MD Ashland, Oregon; Emergency Physician; whitewater guide for over 20 years; swiftwater rescue instructor; avid backpacker, canyoneering, backcountry skier, scuba diver, sea kayaker.
Has taught wilderness medicine on six continents.
Director of National Conference on Wilderness Medicine.
|| Sheryl Olson, RN Colorado Springs; Flight Nurse; Owns Wilderness Wise, a outdoor survival and navigation educational company. Avid backcountry skier and backpacker.
Has led two expeditions
to Everest base camp.
||Kyle Allred (nickname Rowdy) Professional International Guide (Everest
Base Camp, Africa, Europe, South America). Participant in finals of US National Whitewater Raft Championships (2003). Co owner Adventure Whitewater (raft guide
outfitting service). Has led four expeditions to
Everest base camp.
Ryan Allred (Big Ry) Captain of US National Championship Raft team (2000). World-class kayaker and kayak instructor.
Professional fly fishing guide. Co-Owner Adventure Whitewater (raft guide service).
Lars Alvarez Member of several US and World Championship Whitewater Raft teams; co-owner of Bio Bio Expeditions Worldwide which conducts trips on some of the most challenging and exotic rivers on the planet.
Fantastic nearby side trips you can do on your own before / after the Intensive Skills Course!
Testimonials from past Intensive Skills CME
"I enjoyed myself immensely and loved every moment
of the experience. I want to complement you on the
organization of the week. Everything went off perfectly,
which speaks of all the planning you did to make this
course a wonderful success..."
Robert Derlet, M.D. ---
Professor and Chief, Division of Emergency Medicine, UC
Davis Medical Center
"Best CME ever! This will be a trip we will remember
forever! Awesome itinerary! Wonderful faculty-tops in
knowledge! I learned many new things from all of the
Ken Mason, MD ---
"Superb faculty with an optimal blend of academic and
practical skills. Course content was relevant, useful,
and action-packed. Meals were like five star in the
Alex Levin, MD
"Phenomenal guide staff! Top notch! Everyone was eager
to make your experience a positive one. Faculty is
knowledgable and easy to approach. You Cant beat the
Randi Wagner, MD Family
"Everyone on the faculty was fabulous. I love them all.
Excellent guide staff. Location is beautiful, remote,
relaxing, and conducive to joyful learning. This course
has enhanced who I am."
Susan Ralston, ARNP,
"Awesome faculty, very knowledgable, and they
communicate well. Friendly and very competent guides.
Food was too good! Beautiful location! Activities were a
good balance of challenge for our group."
Bill Schroa, MD - Family
Practice, Durango, Colo.
"Faculty were all personable and very knowledgable and
fun! I love to listen to them! I loved the hands-on
course content. Guide staff was great and very helpful.
Excellent meals. Course was very well set up and
Heather Smith, RN
"Faculty was excellent, Enthusiastic and easy to relate
to - a great group!. There was a Great variety of course
topics. Guide staff was also great- very friendly and
eager to help. Scenarios are great teaching tools."
Russel Smith, MD Family Medicine
"Hands-on content that is useful in any situation where
supplies and resources limited "
Randi Wagner, MD Family
"Memorable. Beautiful location. Informative and
practical faculty. Excellent and useful course content.
Sammy Chang, MD -
"A wilderness adventure with top-notch staff providing excellent food , fun and facts. Beautiful scenery and outstanding faculty make this a must do for every outdoor enthusiast and medical types alike"
Kristen Wheeler, RN, BSN Phoenix, Az
"Overall a great, wonderful, exciting, and relaxing trip. The faculty and staff were the best thanks for all of the helpful and smiling faces each day I will definitely be back."
"The most informative, hands-on, interesting CME I have ever attended. Instructors well-versed and entertaining guides very safety oriented and helpful food was amazing! This was the best CME I have attended in my 13 years of practice and I look forward to attending again"
Dan Weiler, MD
"Cannot say enough good about this course! Excellent in every way! Fabulous course contentperfect location. Will highly recommend this course to others!"
Robert Kenton, MD Radiology, Reno, NV
"Awesome faculty! Most incredible CME location Ive ever attended! Every meal is a feast! Ill refer many people-!"
Tamara Hughes, MD Henagar, Ala.
"Exceptional faculty, fantastic setting.nice balance of CME and fun! Team building activities helped build a cohesive group"
James Minton, MD Clovis, Ca
"Best darned wilderness medicine course east or west of the Mississippi! Riverside location truly enhances the learning experience. Cant wait to come back next year!"
Mitch Merrit, MD Apex, NC
"A wonderful experience. Family atmosphere. Guide staff is the best. The most beautiful spot in America! I plan to attend every year!"
Michael Jones, MD Concord, NC
"Outstanding!...A CME course that had an excellent foundation in education mixed with fun."
John Alton, MD Middlebury Hts., Ohio
"Incredible group of instructors-highly energetic and well-versed. Awesome guide staff!"
Ryan Garret, MD Ashland, Or.
"Outstanding, cutting edge faculty Guide staff couldnt be more helpful and courteous."
Ray Ebarb, MD Sayville, NY
"Top notch facultycould not pick a better location. Best food I have ever had at a conference."
David Shervaden, PA Cunningham, KS
"World-class guide staff with vast experience.very accomplished and articulate faculty."
Rachel Hurlburt, DO Quincy, CA
"Love the informality, relaxed atmosphere, and camaraderie.! Outstanding faculty! Kind, encouraging guides. I felt safe. Meals-WOW! Location-WOW!"
Marianne Geiger, MD Rockford, Ill.
"Our favorite CME course. Excellent location and itinerary. Best ever guide staff!"
Julie Zink, MD Lacorsse, WI
"Great locationvery competent faculty.bravo to the guide staff!"
Ron Rehman, MD Andover, MN
"Awesome! Very engaging facultyValuable informationloved the survival skills and hands-on! Beautiful Rivers. Fun, great group of guides."
Brenda Tiernan, RN Walnut Creek, Ca
"The faculty was simply beyond reproach, the guides were a great bunch competent, good and patient teachers. I cant imagine a better CME course. "
Grover Shipman, MD Klamath Falls
"Great blend of fun with
learning...stunningly beautiful setting!...Super,
top-notch faculty who were experienced and excellent
teachers! Very comprehensive coverage of wilderness
medicine topics. Great activities with whitewater
rafting and hiking! Super competent guides! Great,
delicious food. "
Emily Reinys, MD Anesthesia
- San Francisco, CA
"Of all CME courses I have attended for
the past 19 years this one far surpassed all others! All
the people were wonderful. The trip itinerary was
excellent. The guides were wonderful and fun. Thank you
so much for doing this course."
Bonnie Kilpela, PA-C
"Loved it! Could not be improved.
Awesome location!.....Top notch faculty, guides, and
food! Very well-planned."
John Holm, MD ER / FP Ocean
"Good balance between academics and
action sports. The guides and medical faculty were
wonderful! Perfect food, very healthy and hearty. Thanks
for a beautiful, memorable trip!"
Chris Benson, MD OB-Gyn
Rock Hill, S.C.
"Fantastic experience! Can't wait to
come back! Guides and staff are the best. CME faculty
very smart...great speakers...very welcoming. Great food
and a lot of it."
Casey Vandenburgh, EMT-P
"The faculty were fantastic! Not only
were they great teachers, but they were very accessible.
The accommodations were beautiful and very comfortable!
The food was so good and healthy!"
Diane Fagan, RN Oakland, CA
"Spending the week with an interesting
and diverse group of people in a spectacular setting was
great! Faculty was well informed, experienced and
enthusiastic...Guides were great...fun and
Chris Aleman, MD
Dermatology - Richmond, VA
"Fabulous CME faculty! Nice balance of
theory, practical, demo, and hands on. Outstanding,
Thomas Holm Orange City,
"Awesome, so much fun and informative!
Excellent meals, guides , and faculty. CME content was
perfect. I liked everything about the experience."
Matthew Maynard, DO Ob/Gyn
"Every day is amazing!... The guides
were perfect! The meals were absolutely amazing-
exceeded all expectations! The faculty and CME content
Noor Beckwith - Medical
student - Harvard University
"CME faculty had awesome knowledge. Best
meals ever! Great guides."
Brandon Moore, PA-C -
"Top notch faculty...incredibly
knowledgable...great lectures! Friendly guides and staff
could not be better. "
Kevin Reinhard, MD - ER -
".... an awesome week! Great lectures,
whitewater rafting, and hikes along the river. Nice
structured days. The best food I've ever had while
camping! ...great , friendly guides..such a good
experience to be surrounded by fantastic doctors and to
get a taste of wilderness medicine . I Couldn't be more
Kristina Benson, Rock Hill,
"Great speakers....friendly experienced
guides....excellent CME content...fantastic
Michael Van Ryssen, MD
Jersey, United Kingdom
"This is a Great course I don't know of any other course that combines so much quality wilderness medicine education with so much fun!..."I'd like to come back every year to be on the faculty"
Howard Donner, MD ; author of A Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine. Widely recognized as one of the worlds foremost Wilderness Medicine authorities and teachers.
To register for the
Wilderness and Travel Medicine Skills Course please
call Bio Bio Expeditions at 1-800-246-7238
Weather and river flow conditions
can necessitate even last minute changes in the trip
itinerary and / or the segments of rivers that we raft.