Wilderness Medicine & Survival CME

Skills Course

And Whitewater Rafting Adventure

June 8 - 14, 2024*
June 7 - 13, 2025*

*Summiting Mt. Shasta adds two additional days (optional)

7 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS from $2,395

9 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS from $3,280

Including Mt. Shasta Ascent


Trip Highlights

  • The 26th Annual Wilderness Medicine Skills Course at a spectacular riverside location, with 16 CME credits

  • Enjoy four days of whitewater rafting on three of California's finest rivers. Learn to guide a raft, or just paddle and enjoy!

  • An emphasis on hands-on skills training and scenarios led by renowned instructors Howard Donner, MD & Sheryl Olson, RN

  • Practice wilderness survival skills, navigation, and river rescue.  Learn how to kayak, stand-up paddleboard, and more!

  • Savor delicious farm-to-table meals prepared by Chef Lauren! Unwind with riverside wine tasting and happy hour

  • Learn snow travel & self rescue skills, then summit majestic 14,180 ft. Mount Shasta (optional)

Welcome to The Premier Skills Course in Wilderness Medicine 

This highly-acclaimed course is designed for clinicians from all specialties (physicians, PAs, NPs, nurses, and medics) who want to learn state-of-the-art wilderness medicine, survival, and wilderness travel skills in a spectacular outdoor setting. Non-medical guests (at least 13 years old) are welcome to participate in the course to whatever extent they’d like - and their recurring feedback is also very positive.

The CME lectures (16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits) include exciting demos, interactive workshops, and patient scenarios. Learn from renowned leaders in the field of wilderness medicine including Howard Donner, MD, and Sheryl Olson, RN.

Participants will experience four days of whitewater rafting on some of the country's finest rivers and savor delicious farm-to-table meals crafted by Chef Lauren. There's also an optional challenge to summit the breathtaking Mt. Shasta at 14,180 ft.

Wilderness & Expedition Medicine Skills Include:

  • Hypothermia, frostbite, heat illness, and altitude illness
  • Field management of wounds, fractures, dislocations, and sprains including reduction and improvised splinting techniques
  • Snake envenomations, wilderness ENT problems
  • Backcountry evacuation, helicopter rescue, improvised carries, packaging, and litters
  • Lightning, OB/GYN in the wilderness, waterborne illness/disinfection
  • Patient assessment in an austere/wilderness setting
  • Preparing a medical kit for travel, adventures, and expeditions

Wilderness Survival & Travel Skills Include:

  • Fire starting, shelter building, signaling, attaining water
  • Ropes & knots for survival and rescue
  • Orienteering (map/compass, GPS, etc.) and navigation
  • Blister prevention and treatment
  • Whitewater rafting skills and cold-water immersion
  • Flood and swift-water crossing techniques
  • Wilderness rescue, communications, emergencies in airplanes
  • Basic mountaineering, ice axe, and snow travel skills (optional, taught by SWS Mountain Guides)
Kayaking on Clear Creek

Where does this course take place?

Your home for the course is Paradise Point, a private 20-acre riverside retreat surrounded by the rugged Mt. Shasta, Marble Mountains, and Siskiyou Wilderness areas of N. California. It is an ideal location for whitewater rafting on some of America's finest rivers.  All delicious meals and drinks (wine, beer, non-alcoholic drinks) are included!

Despite its secluded wilderness location, traveling to Paradise Point is easy.  We recommend flying into Medford Airport (MFR) which is a well-connected regional hub that's a relatively short drive away (rent a car, or inquire about an optional round-trip shuttle service).

Non-medical professional family and guests (at least 13 years old) welcome!

Medford Airport is only a short drive from Paradise Point
Paradise Point Map updated 2023 (1)

Itinerary Snapshot

Wilderness Medicine & Survial Skills Course
& Whitewater Rafting Adventure

Nearby side trips you can do on your own before or after the Wilderness Medicine and Survival Skills Course!

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Northern California Coastal Redwoods (world's tallest trees)
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Crater Lake National Park
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Spectacular Oregon Coastline

We raft 3 fantastic rivers on this trip!

Weather and river flow permitting

Klamath River

The Klamath is famous for its beautiful scenery and wildlife! Thus, it is protected as a National Wild & Scenic River. And the Klamath has playful class II-III whitewater which is great for all skill levels.

Clear Creek

Pristine and remote Clear Creek has almost surreal beauty! Here you will experience crystal clear water in a deep bedrock gorge surrounded by lush forest. In addition, frequent and fun class II-III rapids pepper the run.

Salmon River

The Cal Salmon is a whitewater classic! The river flows through a steep, intimate, granite gorge of breathtaking beauty. Here you will experience emerald pools punctuated by frequent exhilarating class III-IV rapids!

Dates & Pricing

The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you'll have. Prices are based on double occupancy.

Trips include: All meals & drinks, 4 days of whitewater rafting, tent, sleeping pad ($150 discount for participants who bring their own tent/pad)

June 8 - 14, 2024

WTM Intensive Skills Course Only

Medical professionals: $2,395

Adult Guests (Non-medical professionals): $1,695

Guests 13-18 years: $995

$789 Optional CME Cost
(16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™)

$100 Optional round trip van transfer from MFR airport to Paradise Point
(Participants can also rent a car or bring their own)

Full - Accepting Waitlist

June 8 - 16, 2024

WTM Intensive Skills Course & Mt. Shasta Climb

Medical professionals: $3,280

Adult Guests (Non-medical professionals): $2,580

Guests 13-18 years: $1,880

$789 Optional CME Cost
(16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™)

$100 Optional round trip van transfer from MFR airport to Paradise Point
(Participants can also rent a car or bring their own)

Full - Accepting Waitlist

June 7 - 13, 2025

WTM Intensive Skills Course Only

Medical professionals: $2,495

Adult Guests (Non-medical professionals): $1,795

Guests 13-18 years: $995

$789 Optional CME Cost
(16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™)

$100 Optional round trip van transfer from MFR airport to Paradise Point
(Participants can also rent a car or bring their own)

Available - Filling Quickly

June 7 - 15, 2025

WTM Intensive Skills Course & Mt. Shasta Climb

Medical professionals: TBD

Adult Guests (Non-medical professionals): TBD

Guests 13-18 years: TBD

$789 Optional CME Cost
(16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™)

$100 Optional round trip van transfer from MFR airport to Paradise Point
(Participants can also rent a car or bring their own)

Available - Filling Quickly

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Testimonials From Your Colleagues


"Wow! Expectations met and exceeded! The site was perfect. Phenomenal instructors and good human beings. The content of the lectures was interesting and well delivered. The guide staff went out of their way to make sure everything was taken care of and had a smile the entire time they were doing it. Food was delicious and accommodated all diets. Happy hours and desserts were amazing! I couldn't be happier. Thank you :)"


"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."


"Faculty were all personable and very knowledgeable 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 organized."

Heather Smith, RN

"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!"


"I don't have enough good things to say about this trip. I have already been spreading the word amongst my colleagues."


Faculty for the Wilderness Medicine and Survival Skills Course

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Howard J. Donner, MD

Co-author of The Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine. Featured in two successful NOVA documentaries including; Deadly Ascent, and the critically acclaimed film: Everest: The Death Zone. Medical operations consultant for NASA for 5 years. Medical advisor for Telluride's Search and Rescue team. Staff physician for the Himalayan Rescue Association for 2 seasons. Began his career as a professional river and mountain guide, now a Certified Flight Instructor and professional skipper. Has advised mountaineers, rescuers, Olympic athletes, pilots and aerospace personnel throughout his career.

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Sheryl Olson, RN, BSN

Outdoor Survival and Navigation Instructor, Flight Nurse, Wilderness Safety Instructor, and Cruise Ship Nurse. Developed a survival training program for air medical flight crews in Colorado. Has led several expeditions to Everest Base Camp. One of the lead instructors of Advanced Wilderness Expedition Provider (AWEP).

Kyle Allred

Kyle Allred, PA

Professional expedition and whitewater guide on five continents for over 20 years. Wilderness survival instructor, field course instructor, and co-founder of MedWild.com Instructional Videos. Co-founder of MedCram.com Medical Education Videos.


  • Altitude Illness
  • Hypothermia
  • Frostbite and Other Cold Injuries
  • Environmental Heat Illness
  • Traveler's Diarrhea, Giardia & Other Waterborne Wilderness Infections
  • Surviving the Unexpected Night Out
  • Lightning Injuries
  • Improvised Medical and Trauma Care
  • Management of Fractures and Dislocations
  • Preparing for Foreign Travel
  • Backcountry Medical Kits
  • Wilderness Wound Management
  • Patient Assessment in Wilderness Settings
  • Wilderness Dermatology
  • Marine Hazards & Envenomations
  • Snake Envenomation


"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 CME CreditsTM.

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

This trip is planned, outfitted and conducted by Bio Bio Expeditions, or subcontractors arranged by Bio Bio Expeditions. Please note that Wilderness and Travel Medicine, LLC is responsible for the CME Educational content only. In addition, Wilderness and Travel Medicine reserves the right to change or substitute the faculty for any CME course without advance or prior notice to participants.

For more information or to register for this trip please call

Bio Bio Expeditions at 1-800-246-7238