Thanks For Considering Mountain Trip!
We’re thrilled to be able to continue sharing the mountains with our guests.
December 2021 – Mountain Trip is committed to developing and implementing practices to mitigate the spread and risk of infection from the novel coronavirus to our guides, guests and staff. A big part of our effort involves providing our guests with up-to-date information, so you can decide if you are comfortable joining us on a trip. We’re going to need your help before, during and after trips, if we are going to be able to offer our programs.
We ask that you please keep in mind that our guides are professionals who lead teams up high-altitude peaks around the globe, as well as working relatively short trips around our Telluride, CO home base. Their ability to continue to work at high altitudes could be severely impaired if they should contract COVID-19, so we will only operate out of an abundance of caution. At the end of the day, our COVID responses are all risk management decisions.
Telluride is located in San Miguel County, Colorado, so for all local trips we must follow county health orders, which have generally been more restrictive than those recommended by state and federal authorities. Please read the San Miguel County Health Orders before you plan your trip to Telluride. Our Alaska programs are conducted within Denali National Park and Preserve, so we need to follow health orders for both local municipalities and those implemented by the National Park Service. Our COVID-19 Response Plan has changed over the past year and a half, and undoubtedly will continue to change in the coming months as we continuing to monitor local, state, and federal health guidance as it evolves. We strongly encourage that you read the following before consenting to join us on a trip.
During spring, summer and fall of 2021, all of our trip registrations and waivers need to be completed online so there should be little need for you to come to our office. Local health guidelines currently allow us to fully staff our office to best answer any questions you may have regarding Mountain Trip and our services, so give us a ring! If you do stop by the office, please know that as of September 1, 2021, San Miguel County has mandated face coverings for anyone in an indoor setting, vaccinated or unvaccinated.
Guest and Guide Screening
As with any business operating these days, we cannot completely eliminate the possibility of contracting coronavirus or a variant in our operations. What we can do is limit the possibility that someone is unknowingly spreading the disease by implementing measures to limit the chances of spreading it among our groups. We will follow local and state health department guidelines on screening guests and employees to help limit the possibility of coming in contact with someone who is sick.
In April 2021, we began requiring all Mountain Trip staff to be vaccinated as a condition of working for us. This is our commitment to you and to the health and well being of our staff. As of January 2022, it is also a requirement due to our businesses operating under federal contracts and permits.
When you sign up for a trip, you’ll receive some information about COVID-19 symptoms to watch out for, based on guidance from health officials. We’ll send you a reminder of the symptoms to keep an eye out for the day before the trip.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of reported symptoms, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms. It will be updated as we learn more about COVID-19 and its variants.
We ask that anyone scheduled to join us who exhibits any of these symptoms, has been around anyone who has these symptoms, or has been diagnosed with COVID-19 to please call our office. We will gladly give a credit toward a future trip or a full refund to anyone who is concerned that they have been exposed to the coronavirus. By showing up for the trip, you are representing that you do not knowingly have any of those symptoms, nor have you knowingly been exposed to COVID-19. Our guides are also instructed to monitor themselves for any of these symptoms and will not come to work if they exhibit symptoms or have any reason to believe they might have been exposed.
Cleaning and Hand-Washing Procedures
We have implemented enhanced cleaning of all of our equipment. We’ll follow manufacturers’ guidelines to clean and disinfect our equipment in a manner that does not compromise the integrity of our climbing equipment. We encourage you to bring an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to use before, during and after any trip. Our guides will be washing their hands and/or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer before meeting groups, and at any other time they feel it is appropriate. Our staff will carry extra hand sanitizer, but we strongly recommend you bring your own.
We need to adhere to our local health officials’ recommendations concerning physical distancing and wearing a face covering. We are continuing to encourage our guides to maintain a 6-foot distance between themselves and our guests whenever possible, unless we have confirmation that a guest is fully vaccinated. There will be times that, due to the nature of the activities, your guide will need to be within the recommended 6-foot distancing. On such occasions, we require our guests and guides to have a face covering and to use the mask to cover your nose and mouth, unless we have confirmation that a guest is fully vaccinated. Face masks covering the mouth and nose are mandated in San Miguel County for everyone, vaccinated or unvaccinated, in all shops and stores. We kindly ask that all guests adhere to this mandate. Telluride is a small town with minimal resources for medical care, and we don’t want to tax our local resources. If you are not vaccinated and are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, please contact the office to discuss prior to your trip.
The 2020 Alaska season came and went without a Mountain Trip team on Denali for the first time since 1976. We were sad to miss out on one of our favorite places to climb, but we’re back for 2021 and 2022! We are also planning to head out for all of our international programs in 2021, traveling south to Aconcagua and Mount Vinson beginning in late November of this year. We’ll continue to keep an eye on the situation and monitor health guidance about international travel, but we’re optimistic and psyched to get back up high in the mountains. Please get in touch if you are interested in any of our expedition programs and we can discuss trip insurance options that might help you feel more comfortable planning your next big adventure. Please note that for the 2022 Denali season, climbers must be fully vaccinated or have a medical reason why you cannot receive a vaccine to join a Mountain Trip Alaska expedition.
Amended Cancellation Policy for Expeditions
The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us all that we need to remain optimistic, yet do our best to be as flexible as possible. We’ve tried to frame our response to the pandemic through the lens of it being a risk management issue. We have amended our cancellation policies for our expeditions to provide our climbers with added flexibility against unforeseen circumstances that might affect an expedition, yet still keep our company risk at a level that is within our risk tolerances. It’s difficult to find trip cancellation insurance that will protect your expedition investment from some cancellation reasons due to the pandemic, so we have tailored our policy to try to help “mimic” trip insurance in some ways.
***For all expeditions with a scheduled Team Meeting date prior to July 1, 2022***
2022 Denali Season COVID-19 Policy (effective July 6, 2021)
For the 2022 Denali season, Mountain Trip Alaska requires that all climbers be fully vaccinated prior to departing for Anchorage. A person is considered fully vaccinated greater than or equal to two weeks after completion of a two-dose mRNA series or single dose of Janssen vaccine. (May 25, 2021 CDC Guidelines)
All climbers joining Mountain Trip Alaska for expeditions in Denali National Park and Preserve will be required to sign a COVID-19 Declaration stating all of the following:
- You are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
- You are not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19.
- You are not waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test.
- You agree to comply with all Mountain Trip Alaska COVID-19 specific guidelines and protocols.
The following applies only if all expedition fees are paid by the date they are due:
If Mountain Trip cancels your expedition due to External Cancellation factors resulting from coronavirus more than 90 days prior to the Team Meeting date, Mountain Trip will credit 100% of your paid expedition fees toward a future program with Mountain Trip or refund all monies paid except for the non-refundable administrative fee.
If Mountain Trip cancels your expedition due to External Cancellation factors resulting from coronavirus 90 days or less prior to the Team Meeting date, Mountain Trip will credit 75% of your paid expedition fees toward a future program with Mountain Trip or refund 50% of your expedition fee.