Whitewater Rafting – Mt. Shasta – Marble Mountains – Klamath River
The Wilderness Medicine Intensive Skills Course in Northern California mixes spectacular scenery, thrilling whitewater and an ascent of one of the U.S.’s most iconic mountain peaks with expert medical and survival skills training.
This CME course is designed for physicians, nurses and other health care providers who want to learn practical wilderness emergency medicine skills, outdoor survival, and wilderness travel skills in an outdoor setting but spouses, partners and friends are welcome to join us on this enlightening outdoor adventure!
During four days paddling on Northern California’s Klamath, Salmon and Scott Rivers – and an optional ascent of Mt. Shasta – participants will learn practical wilderness medical skills, including:
- Hypothermia, frostbite and altitude illness
- Improvised immobilization and splinting techniques
- Backcountry evacuation/improvised carries and litters
- Patient assessment in wilderness setting
- Basic wilderness rescue
- Field management of wounds, fractures, dislocations, sprains, and other common problems.
The course will also teach hands-on wilderness travel skills including:
- Wilderness survival (half-day course)
- Orienteering (including map/compass, GPS)
- Whitewater raft skills
- Swift-water crossing techniques
- Basic climbing skills including use of crampons, ice axe (including self-arrest)
- Avalanche safety and basic rescue.
Howard Donner, MD (Faculty Leader) – Telluride, Colorado; NASA Consultant; expedition physician – Kangchenjunga (28,000 feet.); Himalayan Rescue Assn. Physician; Operation Everest II; featured on several NOVA TV documentaries; coauthor of A Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine.Dr. Howard Donner is renowned as one of the world’s most experienced expedition physicians. He is a also a highly acclaimed speaker on Wilderness Medicine. Dr. Donner’s extensive experience in wilderness and expedition medicine includes:
- Three climbing seasons he spent as a rescue doctor on Mt. McKinley in Alaska for the National Park Service at the 14,000 foot medical / rescue station.
- Numerous medical projects in the Himalayas including two seasons as a staff physician for the Himalayan Rescue Association.
- Expedition physician for 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 1996.
- Dr. Donner’s extraordinary background in expedition medicine was the basis for 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).
Other Wilderness Medicine Faculty include:
Sheryl Olson, RN – Colorado Springs; Flight Nurse; Outdoor Survival and Navigation Instructor. Avid backcountry skier and backpacker.
Gene Allred, MD – Ashland, Oregon; Emergency Physician; whitewater guide for over 20 years; swift water rescue instructor; avid backpacker, canyoneering, backcountry skier, scuba diver, sea kayaker. Trekked on six continents.
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.
Ryan Allred – (“Big Ry”) Captain of US National Championship Raft team (2000). World-class kayaker and kayak instructor. Fishing guide. Co-Owner Adventure Whitewater (raft guide service).
Kyle Allred – (nickname “Rowdy”) Professional International Guide (Africa, Europe, South America). Participant in finals of US National Whitewater Raft Championships (2003). Co – owner Adventure Whitewater (raft guide service).