It is important to us to be part of the COVID 19 recovery solution. Here are our current standards as of November 23rd, 2020.
In addition to the element of risk we normally encounter in the mountains, we must now do our part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 or other airborne illnesses. We ask you to work with us to manage this risk to the best of our abilities. We have created a simple, reasonable and hopefully effective protocol to keep everyone safe on our mountain trips and courses.
Currently, we operate on Mount Baker, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and all DNR lands. As of todays date (November 23rd, 2020) our British Columbia Provincial Park permit areas are not accessible. Please contact us for details regarding projected openings.
Pro Guiding Service will take every common-sense effort to shield our customers and our staff from COVID-19 and from all the hazards posed by travel in the mountains. Most activities can be conducted while making efforts to mitigate risk of exposure—social distancing at least 6 feet apart, use of face coverings or masks, frequent hand washing/sanitizing, and sanitizing gear after each use. It will not always be possible to maintain physical distancing and avoid touching shared equipment during some activities such as multi-pitch technical climbing. Likewise, it will be impossible to maintain social distancing in the result of an accident or injury that requires a guide to administer first aid. Although we will be making changes to how we conduct technical climbing programs, we will always do the best we can to rely on the mentioned airborne illness risk mitigating stategies listed above. Many of these steps are common sense approaches recommended by the CDC
Pro Guiding Service will follow and adhere to the Washington State guidelines as well as the land management agencies guidelines. Pro Guiding Service guides and staff have all participated in a COVID risk management training which covered the following (but was not limited to) topics:
PRE TRIP ORIENTATION AT THE TRAILHEAD
SOCIAL DISTANCING IN THE MOUNTAINS
HANDING OUT OF GROUP GEAR
HANDLING OF GROUP GEAR
DURING THE CLIMB
FIRST AID BEHAVIOR
IN CASE OF AN ACCIDENT
What if we are shut down again and I've paid for an AIARE course (or any course or trip)?
You will receive a full credit to use in the future or a refund minus 6%.
How are you dealing with the classroom portion of AIARE courses?
We will be conducting this portion over Zoom, and the group size in the field is limited to 6:1.
I would like to do an International ski touring trip, but unsure if we can even go by then?
We are taking reservations for our Europe and Canadian trips on a tentative basis without payment of a deposit at this time. As soon as we know we can travel freely in those countries without quarantines, we will take deposits and solidify the booking.