I live outside Ashland, and have been car camping on the lower Chetco, near Brookings. I also saw the Oregon Field Guide videos (from 2002 and 2012) on the Northwest Rafting Co. website (the forum program won't let me include the actual link!) I'd love to hike in the upper stretches (and boat out) next year sometime, though I would want to talk to folks about current conditions and difficulty. I'm also wanting to do a low water Illinois River trip (walking anything over class III). My husband and I just got our boats a week ago, but I have a lot of class IV big-rafting experience, as well as some kayaking and canoeing. And wilderness time, swiftwater rescue, WFR, etc. I'd love to hear more about completed or planned trips in Southern Oregon!