Currently, we are still planning on running courses this summer! If any program can practice social distancing, proper hygiene, and safe, effective risk management, it would be a wilderness program like Summit Adventure. That said, we are not taking COVID–19 lightly. We will be refining various program components to help ensure everyone’s safety. This will include:
1.) A thorough vetting of participants’ medical history prior to arrival on course.
2.) All program staff and participants will be checked for a fever before the course begins. Anyone with a fever will not be allowed to participate. If other symptoms of the virus appear (including a fever while on course), those participants will not be allowed to complete the course.
3.) Everyone will be required to bring hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes and strongly encouraged, or mandated, to use these on a daily, regular basis, especially when cooking, cleaning, and as always, when using the bathroom.
4.) Non-family participants and staff will adhere to the 6 foot social distancing requirement established by the CDC. This distance is feasible out in the field regardless of activity (rappelling, climbing, hiking, cooking, etc.)
5.) Participants and staff will bring, and use as necessary, an N95 mask and gloves. While we don’t anticipate many situations where these might be needed, they will be part of our risk management system.
That being said, we are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to re-evaluate periodically as events related to COVID–19 unfold. If you have any questions, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* March 20: Semester Program students evacuated from Ecuador back to California. Students were sent home to complete the rest of the semester online.
* April 10: Yosemite National Park is not giving out commercial permits until, at the earliest June 1st. All courses before then will be cancelled or moved to a later date.