CLIMBING & COVID-19

Cathedral Mountain Guides’ Infectious Disease Response Plan & Policies
Updated 4/1/2021

We have learned a lot about the spread of COVID-19 since we reopened our doors last summer.  One thing we now know is just how lucky we are to be able to operate in such a low-risk environment.  Be outdoors, avoid large groups, social distance as much as possible (and put a mask on when you can’t), wash your hands… these things have become routine for all of us and they fold seamlessly into a day of climbing and guiding.

However, it is still important to know that even with these 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.  Stick with it and we’ll be on the other side of it all soon!

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:

  • We ask you to be extra thoughtful, both in your day-to-day life as well as your travels, so as to protect those in your life, as well as those in ours.

On Your Day of Climbing:

  • Whenever reasonable, 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:

  • 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:

  • Individuals who have no known, recent exposure to COVID-19  and are not expressing signs or symptoms
  • Those who have treated the virus with some degree of seriousness (we don’t want to get sick… or even worse – pass the virus along to family, friends, and community members!)
  • 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.
  • Option #1:  Receive a 100% credit towards a future trip (credit must be used within 12 months of cancellation date).
  • Option #2:  A full refund, minus a $25 administrative fee.
  • EXCEPTION:  If cancellation occurs within 24 hours of trip date, a $200 fee will be charged.  Please note that this is not a penalty.  It is an attempt to cover the investment that we have made to run your trip – guides’ wages, office time, etc.