COVID – 19 and Climbing
Every industry in the World has been affected by COVID 19, and mountain guiding business is no different. The safety of our guides and our guests has never waivered, and with the challenge of the pandemic, we have instilled measures to keep you safe while climbing with us.
Some of the more obvious steps we are taking to ensure safety include working in smaller groups and have lowered price structures in order to promote private and custom trips. Other steps may be less visible such as the way we rotate and clean equipment. Either way, we have created a comprehensive plan and are working with federal, state, and local agencies to give you the safest climb possible during this challenging time.
Please take a second and read some of the steps that we are asking guests to take with us to help make sure everyone is safer:
1 – If you are or have been sick with flu-like symptoms (Cough, Shortness of Breath, Fever, Muscle Pain, Sore Throat, Sudden Loss of Taste of Smell) within the last two weeks, please stay home, and we can reschedule your trip or give you an in-house credit.
2 – Please expect a brief health screening when you arrive at our office/trailhead.
3 – Climbers traveling by themselves are strongly encouraged to bring their single person tent. SWS has a limited quantity of single-person tents as well.
4 – Please bring your face covering such as a Buff, neck gaiter, or bandana. Guests and guides will need to wear a face-covering whenever they come within proximity of one another.
5 – Please bring a small bottle of hand sanitizer for yourself.
6 – Bring your freeze-dried meals for dinner, lunch, and snacks. We will supply instant oatmeal packets for breakfast and tea/coffee for hot drinks. The guides will just be boiling water for dinner and breakfast. We realize that we usually supply dinner and breakfast, but unfortunately, these are not normal times, and for the safety of everyone involved, we feel it is best if the guides just heat water. While this is an inconvenience, we hope you will understand.
7 – We will still be renting all our normal equipment rentals with the exception that we will not be renting sleeping bags. All rental equipment will be sanitized after every trip.
8. — As a reminder to all our climbers, please maintain the 6-foot social distancing recommended for limiting the
transmission of COVID -19. If you are uncomfortable with this, please call us to reschedule your trip for a later date
9 – Finally, we want all clients to know that while we are doing the best we can to make trip changes to minimize everyone’s exposure to COVID-19, we cannot eliminate all risk associated with this disease.
10 — Vulnerable and high-risk individuals are encouraged to consult their physician before participating on our trips.
SWS Mountain Guides is open for climbing. We have approval from the United States Forest Service, State of California, Inyo County, and Siskiyou County.