In order to reduce the likelihood of transmission of novel coronavirus amongst our employees, customers, and guests, Miyar Adventures has adopted practices that meet or exceed the recommendations of the CDC and local government. These practices do not eliminate the risk of infection with novel coronavirus/COVID-19 while participating in our programs, and you do so at your own risk. These practices are periodically updated to align with the recommendations of authorities. Our most recent coronavirus protocols will be provided in a logistics document prior to departure on one of our trips:
Limited Group Sizes
Our group sizes have been reduced to match guidelines for the Washington Phased Approach to Reopening Businesses. Under Phase 2 our maximum group size is five people, including guides. Most groups will be smaller than this. We will reassess to determine whether it is safe to increase our group size under Phase 3 when the time comes.
Reduced Weekend Guiding
For popular routes we are attempting to reschedule climbs for weekdays when crowding at trailheads and campsites is less of a logistic and health issue.
We will maintain a distance of six or more feet from all other persons when possible to do so. When this is difficult or impossible, such as when at a multi-pitch belay or while ascending steep terrain on a short-rope, a mouth covering or mask should be worn if possible.
Elimination of Carpooling
In the past we have encouraged carpooling to reduce crowding at trailheads and reduce environmental impact. This season we will avoid car pooling unless it is necessary for emergency reasons.
Use of Masks
Masks or mouth coverings should be worn by guides and clients who are not able to maintain a distance of six feet or more from other persons. This requires that all participants bring a dedicated mask or mouth cover (such as a buff), and that it is accessible at all times (keep it in a pants pocket).
Hand Washing or Disinfecting
Hand washing stations or hand sanitizer/disinfecting spray will be made available to clients at camps. Clients should also bring their own hand sanitizer or disinfectant to use at meal times, bathroom times, and before and after touching public surfaces.
Limited Rental Program
We will no longer rent boots (including mountaineering boots), backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, or clothing in order to protect our customers as well as our staff who must clean this equipment. Hard goods, such as ice axes, are still available for rent, but must be disinfected by customers prior to returning them (instructions provided).
Reduced Sharing of Group Gear
We may request that participants provide their own equipment when possible. Some of this equipment was previously provided by Miyar Adventures when booking a trip. This includes tents and rock climbing protection. If participants are not able to provide their own equipment, Miyar will work out a plan with participants.
No Meal Preparation by Guides
Guides will not assist in the preparation of meals for clients. However, guides will provide boiling water for clients to use to hydrate their own meals.
No Food Sharing
Food sharing is OK for people who live in the same household only.
No Multi-Household Sharing of Tents
Whenever possible, clients are asked to bring their own tents from home. These will be single-occupancy tents unless those sharing a tent are from the same household. In the event Miyar provides a tent, it will be for solo-occupancy use unless sharing with a member of the same household.
Cleaning of Miyar Equipment
If you have Miyar rental gear, such as carabiners, a harness, crampons, or ice axe, the gear must be disinfected and returned prior to departing for home Your guide will provide instructions and cleaning products at the trailhead if you are on a Miyar trip. The cleaning and disinfecting process typically takes around twenty minutes.
Rescheduling of Guides and Clients Who Have Symptoms of Illness, or who have been in Contact with a Person with a Known Novel Coronavirus Infection:
If you have come into contact with someone with a confirmed case of coronavirus within the last 14 days, or if you yourself have had symptoms of an illness that could be coronavirus or have tested positive for coronavirus in the last 14 days, we will work with you to reschedule your trip for a future date. We will reschedule any guides who have had similar exposure or symptoms.
Updated Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19 Cancellation Policy
Our updated cancellation policy is at the bottom of the following page: