Thanks For Considering Mountain Trip!
The last year was a challenge and taught us lessons we’d never needed to consider, but we were thrilled to be able share the mountains with our guests.
May 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 the information necessary, so you can decide if you are comfortable joining us on a trip. We’re going to need your help before, during and after, if we are going to be able to offer programs in the Telluride region and beyond.
We ask that you please keep in mind that our guides are professionals who lead teams up high altitude peaks in addition to working around Telluride. 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.
Telluride is located in San Miguel County, Colorado, so 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 COVID-19 Response Plan has been based on phases of opening for guiding. It has changed over the past year, and undoubtedly will continue to change in the coming weeks and 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 the spring and summer 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 San Miguel County encourages face coverings for anyone over age 11 who is not fully vaccinated in an indoor setting.
Guest and Guide Screening
As with any business operating these days, we cannot completely eliminate the possibility of contracting the novel coronavirus 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. Beginning April 2021, we are 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.
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 symptoms reported – 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. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.
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 novel coronavirus or is ill. 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 during and after the trip. 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 recommended in San Miguel County for anyone over age 11 who is not fully vaccinated in all shops and stores, so please follow those recommendations. Telluride is a small town, with minimal resources for medical care and we do not 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 the trip.
During the first phase of opening up our local operations for the summer of 2021, in an effort to limit close contact in enclosed vehicles, we be providing limited transportation to and from trailheads. In an effort to protect our staff and each of you, we ask that, if at all possible, you please be prepared to provide transportation for you and your group in your own vehicle.
Open and Private Groups
We want to provide as many options to you as possible, but we also want to protect our staff and each of our guests to the greatest extent possible. For spring and summer of 2021, we will once again offer our “Open” Via Ferrata options, where you can join other guests to form a group on either the Telluride or Ouray Via Ferratas. We will not provide transportation as part of our Open trips, however.
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 be back for 2021! 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 trip. 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, 2021***
2021 COVID POLICY AMENDMENT
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 the novel 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 the novel coronavirus 90 days or less 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 50% of your expedition fee.