Wilderness Survival, Navigation, and Whitewater
August 18-21, 2016
This course provides a hands-on approach to learning the key survival, navigation, and swiftwater skills to make your outdoor activites safer and more enjoyable. Our 20 acre wilderness camp (Paradise Point) and two days of whitewater rafting on the Klamath River serves as our classroom to make this a fun and action packed learning experience. No prior experience is necessary.
This course reflects a contemporary approach to wilderness survival that includes training and improvising with relatively modern tools. Please note that this is not a primiative survival skills class. Since 95% of search and rescue missions are resolved within 3 days, our focus for this course is on the most practical wilderness skills, and less on long term survival strategies.
Thursday, Aug 18
Arrive at Paradise Point anytime in the afternoon or evening. Set up your tent, make yourself at home, and relax by the river. Our first group meal and meeting will be the following morning at 7:30 AM.
Friday, Aug 19
After a hearty breakfast, we'll jump right in and spend the morning practicing various skills including shelter, fire, and signaling for rescue. Following lunch, we'll leave right from Paradise Point for class III whitewater rafting on the Klamath River. We'll use the river as our classroom to practice key raft guiding and swiftwater crossing and rescue skills. We'll return to Paradise Point for happy hour snacks to practice knots and discuss the pros and cons of various water disinfection strategies. After dinner, enjoy the campfire under the stars.
Saturday, Aug 20
After breakfast, we'll discuss various strategies for preventing and treating hypothermia, heat illness, snake bites, lightning, and toxic plants. We'll then drive to the "Ikes" section of the Klamath River for exciting class III+ whitewater. After lunch on the river and plenty of time in the afternoon to enjoy the spectacularly beautiful canyon of the Ikes section, we'll return to Paradise Point for happy hour and and a discussion on improvised splinting and controlling bleeding before dinner.
Sunday, Aug 21
Following breakfast, we'll practice compass and navigation skills, followed by some advantages and limitations of GPS, beacons, Sat phones and other technology. We'll finish with strategies to carry patients out of the wilderness, and review many key aspects of the course. After a barbecue celebration lunch at noon, the afternoon is yours to enjoy Paradise Point, or hit the road to make your way back home.
- 4 days / 3 nights of private, deluxe outdoor camping and facilities (flush toilets, hot showers, etc.)
- All meals (starting with breakfast on Friday through lunch on Sunday)
- 2 days of professionally guided whitewater rafting (including life jacket, helmet, paddle)
- Hands-on wilderness survial and swiftwater training and course certificate
- Kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and other quipment available for use
- Daily happy hour snacks and beverage, drinking water, coffee, tea, etc.
Please note that beyond the daily happy hour beverage, we do not provide alcoholic beverages. You are welcome to bring a cooler and any beverages you would like. For those arriving to Paradise Point on Aug 18- please bring food until breakfast is provided the following day.
Total trip cost: $390
A $100 deposit reserves your spot until the remaining trip cost is due by June 1st. Payments received after June 1st, 2016 are subject to course space availability.
Paradise Point is located on the Klamath River surrounded by wilderness areas: