CLIMBING & COVID-19

Cathedral Mountain Guides’ Infectious Disease Response Plan & Policies
Updated 10/21/2020

As we all shift into a way of life that is redefined by a “new normal”, Cathedral Mountain Guides is moving forward with a strategy to offer guiding services in the age of COVID-19.

As has long been the case, Cathedral Mountain Guides continues to stand for the well-being of our guests, our guides, and our community.  With these priorities in mind, we have worked with industry leaders and medical professionals to develop a response that allows for, and promotes, responsible recreation.  Things will be a little different – and will take some getting used to – but working together, we can return to the mountains and crags once again.

It is important to know that even with these new policies and plans in place, our strategy is one of mitigation rather than elimination.  We cannot possibly eliminate the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 during a day of climbing.  While our decisions are being made on the best available information at this time, they likely aren’t perfect.  Yet we intend to work with you to do our best to continue to manage the risks associated with climbing and guiding during an ongoing pandemic.  We are doing our homework, staying informed, and taking this thing seriously.  We ask you to do the same.  We’re all in this together.

Always:

  • To the very best of our ability, Cathedral Mountain Guides will continue to follow the guidelines as set forth by the CDC and WHO, as well as work with our industry’s leaders, to keep up-to-date with best practices for minimizing the spread of COVID-19.
  • Cathedral Mountain Guides will continue to follow all Federal, State and Local regulations, including those put forth by land managers.

Before Your Day of Climbing:

  • Guests will be asked to complete a Health Screening Questionnaire prior to your day of climbing.  If concerning symptoms or exposure is suspected, we will reschedule or refund your trip.
  • Cathedral Mountain Guides will remind you that we cannot eliminate the risk of transmission of COVID-19, or any other infectious disease, and that for some individuals, protecting themselves and others means staying home.

On Your Day of Climbing:

  • Whenever possible, guests will meet their guide at a predetermined location and will not enter the Cathedral Mountain Guides office. 
  • Whenever reasonable, guides and guests will travel separately to the climbing site.
  • Guests and guides will practice physical/social distancing to the best of their abilities.  Whenever it is not feasible to maintain the recommended 6’ of spacing, guides and clients will be required to wear a face covering.  Clients will be strongly urged to provide their own, but Cathedral Mountain Guides will provide them when needed.
  • Hand sanitizer will be applied regularly throughout the day.
  • Guests and guides will not share any food or water.

After Your Day of Climbing:

  • Cathedral Mountain Guides will clean all shared or rented gear by either be removing it from rotation for 72 hours or by disinfecting it with commercial cleaning products.
  • If your guide becomes ill within 14 days of your climbing day, we will notify you of potential exposure.  We ask that you do the same for us.

Who Can/Should Go Climbing:

  • Guiding services are currently limited to:
    • Private bookings
    • Guests coming from a single household
    • Two individuals who have been in regular and frequent contact with each other
    • Individuals who have no known, recent exposure to COVID-19  and are not expressing signs or symptoms
  • If you are at a higher risk for severe illness, we ask you to seriously consider whether or not climbing is the appropriate choice for you.

Cancellations:

We recognize that during this pandemic, at times, the most prudent choice for us and for you may be to stay home and to not go climbing.  With that in mind, our cancellation policy has been updated for any cancellations related to COVID-19 or any other infectious disease.  It now includes the following:

  • Cathedral Mountain Guides reserves the right to cancel or postpone any guided day over concerns related to the transmission of infectious disease.
  • All guests and participants also have the right to cancel or postpone any guided day over concerns related to the transmission of infectious disease.
  • All COVID-related cancellations will result in a refund, minus a $25 administrative fee.  All other cancellation penalties will be waived.