Covid-19 has changed operating procedures in most all businesses and guiding is no exception. Through mountain guiding, I have deep training in risk management as it is an imperative skill to operate safely under many different hazards. I have been through Covid-19 specific training for guiding and am confident to run successful ski trips with some additional mitigation steps. Such steps include:
- Additional pre-trip communication
- Sharing information on Covid-19
- Sharing expectations for personal protective equipment
- Sharing steps to help prevent virus transmission
- Sharing risk management expectations
- Recommending trip insurance against Covid-19
- Being flexible as we continue to learn more
In addition to the above mitigation steps, the global pandemic has impacted hut trips I guide and carpooling I historically encourage. Carpooling is not currently advised except for same household guests. The Zero to Hero Backcountry Camp was created for it's effectiveness to learn while living out of a mountain hut. This successful concept is not prudent to offer publicly with what we currently understand about virus exposure and transmission so I will be offering the camp as consecutive day trips local to the Cascades.
While proud of the outdoor industry for temporarily suspending operations in 2020 when knowledge on the new pandemic was limited, I believe outdoor recreation is extremely beneficial to our public health and glad to see our guiding industry in responsible operations again.
We are all challenged during these times and need to find ways to stay healthy and sane. Fortunately, ski touring provides minimal exposure to the virus while benefiting our physical and mental wellness. For added protection, I am encouraging private group outings and lower guest to guide ratios. Don't hesitate to contact me for more information.
Hope you are healthy and spending time outside.