Wilderness Medicine & Survival Skills Course and Whitewater Rafting Adventure

7 Days
From $2,295

Wilderness Medicine & Survival Skills Course and Whitewater Rafting Adventure

The Wilderness Medicine Skills Course is an exciting and highly acclaimed field course. It is designed for physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers who want to learn practical wilderness medicine, and survival skills in an outdoor setting. The location of the course is in the beautiful, rugged Mt. Shasta/Marble Mountains Wilderness areas of Northern California.

Approved for 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

This course is also highlighted by 4 days of exciting whitewater rafting on the beautiful Salmon and Klamath Rivers. Experienced guides will skillfully guide you through exhilarating scenery and rapids. You’ll enjoy delicious meals and camaraderie in a fantastic riverside setting!


The CME lectures all take place in spectacular riverside settings. The course features interactive workshops and demonstrations taught by renowned faculty including Howard Donner, MD and Sheryl Olson, RN – leaders in the field of wilderness medicine. Topics include:

– Hypothermia, frostbite and altitude illness
– Improvised immobilization and splinting techniques
– Backcountry evacuation/improvised carries and litters
– Patient assessment in a 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)
– Route-finding
– Avalanche safety and basic rescue.

Head Instructor – Howard Donner, MD
Dr. Howard Donner is renowned as one of the world’s most experienced expedition physicians. He is also a highly acclaimed speaker on Wilderness Medicine.

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 Death Zone”

– 3 seasons as a rescue doctor on Mt. McKinley in Alaska for the National Park Service at the 14,000 foot medical / rescue station.
Worked on numerous medical projects in the Himalayas including two seasons as a staff physician for the Himalayan Rescue Association
– 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 1996
– 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)

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, PA-C: International guide on five continents; Co-owner of Adventure Whitewater (raft guide outfitting service). Co-founder of MedCram.com Medical Education Videos; Wilderness survival instructor and co-founder of MedWild Instructional Videos.

Ryan Allred: 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.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Center for Emergency Medical Education and Wilderness and Travel Medicine. The Center for Emergency Medical Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Center for Emergency Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 16 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Wilderness Medicine Intensive Skills CME Itinerary

Days 1-2
Whitewater Rafting on the exciting Klamath River (class III) at the base of the Marble Mountains in Northern California. Fantastic wildlife and scenery.

Workshops / Lectures: Hypothermia, Whitewater Medicine, Useful ropes and knots, Snakebites, Altitude Illness, GPS and compass navigation.

Day 3
Whitewater Rafting on Clear Creek, fun rapids in a world-class canyon (class III).
Workshops / Lectures: Wilderness Infectious Diseases, Planning a Wilderness Medical Kit, Splinting of common ortho injuries, Soft tissue injuries.

Day 4
Whitewater Rafting on the breathtaking Salmon River with class IV rapids.
Workshops / Lectures: Navigation (part II); Survival kit / skills, Frostbite

Day 5
Wilderness Survival/Navigation workshops, and team survival “olympics” competition held at Clear Creek, a spectacular streamside wilderness site.
Workshops / Lectures: shallow water crossing, Wilderness Eye / ENT problems, Lightning injuries and Prevention.

Day 6
All-day Outdoor Workshop on practical wilderness medicine skills including team patient scenarios.

Day 7
(Optional) All-day Outdoor Workshop on basic mountaineering skills on Mt. Shasta. This optional one day “snow school” it taught by Sierra Wilderness Seminars

Days 8-9
(Optional) Guided ascent of Mt. Shasta (14,162 ft).

Departure Dates:

2023 Dates
June 10-16
Optional Mt. Shasta ascent: June 17-18 with Ice Ax clinic on June 16

Trip Length: 7 Days
Trip Price:

$2,295 for initial registrant

Guests welcome: Over 18 – $1,565, Ages 13-18 – $995

Post-trip activities outfitted by Sierra Wilderness Seminars:
Optional one-day “snow school” on Friday included with all registrations*
Optional Mount Shasta Climb: $885

*participation is required for the ascent

CME credits (optional cost): $695

Includes all meals and beverages, deluxe outdoor camping site and facilities and professionally outfitted whitewater rafting; optional Friday activity: Ice Ax and snow Clinic at Mt. Shasta

Deposit: $600.00

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7 reviews for Wilderness Medicine & Survival Skills Course and Whitewater Rafting Adventure

  1. You will never be disappointed when you go on a trip with BBX Rafting!

  2. 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…

  3. 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.

  4. Awesome, action-packed days full of all the stuff I was hoping to do and learn! I wouldn’t change a thing…World class faculty and it shows…obviously experienced with everything they are teaching…practical, ‘real-world’ approach…fun and excellent communicators. Each lecture / teaching session was great. Competent, safe, knowledgeable guides that are a lot of fun!

  5. 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…

  6. Cannot say enough good about this course! Excellent in every way! Fabulous course content. Perfect location! Will highly recommend this course to others!

  7. 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 faculty.