Sports Basement Outdoors COVID Safety Measures


UPDATED: 6/4/21 

The health and well-being of our clients, our guides, and the communities we visit is always our top priority. Since our founding, we have aimed to exceed health and safety expectations on every trip we run. This tenant continues today as we adjust our programming and policies in response to COVID-19. Please note that each type of outdoor trip we offer requires slightly different COVID-19 adjustments. We will be in communication with you before your trip should any additional information need to be shared.

Our program-wide COVID-19 trip precautions are listed below:

  • Hand Sanitizer: Hand sanitizing solution will be readily available. Participants are encouraged to bring their own small, travel sized bottle. 
  • Face Coverings and Physical Distancing: As we are a group from multiple households with various vaccination levels and prolonged exposure over several days, a *readily accessible* face covering (mask/buff) is required on all trips as it can limit the spread of droplets. Fully vaccinated participants need not wear a face covering while outdoors upon showing the lead guide either their physical vaccination card or a photo of it on their phone at the start of their trip. Participants not yet fully vaccinated or those who do not wish to show their vaccination card may remove face coverings whenever more than six feet of distance is maintained between participants. In general, if one is mindful about spacing, it could result in minimal time where it is necessary to wear one. Prolonged conversations that take place with less than 6 feet distance, use of indoor restroom facilities, and vehicles used by multiple participants are places to continue to be mindful.
  • Tent Sharing: Only those who are members of the same household or fully vaccinated participants should share tents. This distinction is important: a household is those that live together, not necessarily members of the same family.
  • Water Management: For backpacking trips, standard water purification strategies will be employed. If using a shared water source for distributing water, steps will be taken so there is no physical contact between individual bottles and the source. 
  • Waivers: In addition to the standard risk liability waiver, an additional COVID-19 waiver will be required for all participants, accepting the inherent risks of backcountry activities (lack of immediate medical services and sanitation) and the potential that rescue operations could be delayed or impossible given the current regional situation. This will be provided upon arrival.
    • Transportation: Due to risk of exposure, clients should refrain from carpooling with other trip participants unless all parties are fully vaccinated. They should avoid utilizing public transportation to arrive at the trip start location whenever possible. 
    • Group Gear: Group gear will be closely monitored, only utilized by guides, and cleaned as thoroughly as possible between uses. 
    • Meal Services: For backpacking trips, breakfast and dinner will proceed as planned, however, lunch, which requires a significant amount of shared containers and utensils, will NOT be provided. Clients will need to provide their own, individually portioned lunches. Guide prepared meals will follow food handling guidelines and be served by the guides, rather than self-serve or family style. Sharing of any meals or snacks outside your family group is prohibited. For cycling trips, pre-packaged lunch options will be available. 
    • First Aid: Whenever possible, clients should self care for minor injuries like scrapes, abrasions, and blisters. Multiple guide first aid kits will be available as a resource. Individual guides will have sole access to their first aid kits and either use gloves or hand sanitizer before handling any supplies provided to clients.
      • In the event that first aid must be administered by a guide, both the client and the guide will wear protective face coverings and the guide will wear sterilized gloves. 
      • In the event of life threatening injuries, guides will immediately prioritize injuries and evacuation procedures, while taking as many COVID precautions as possible. 
    • COVID Action Plan: If a client (or guide) demonstrates fever or flu-like illness concerning for COVID-19, they will be immediately (but safely) isolated from the other participants. A separate tent, evacuation plan, etc. If it is a client and they require evacuation, a guide will need to be assigned to them to evacuate from the trip. This guide will not interact with other members of the group. Upon visiting a healthcare center, appropriate COVID testing is recommended for the person in question and, if positive, the guide will need appropriate testing in addition to entering quarantine before returning to work. 
      • Regional Healthcare. Clients should be aware of the regional healthcare infrastructure and accessibility, or lack thereof, in the vicinity of Yosemite National Park (YNP). Sports Basement will defer to YNP’s operating and evacuation procedures for individuals that develop COVID symptoms after arrival in YNP. All trips are equipped with Satellite radio text communication.

      2 comments

      • Jennifer Olson says...

        Hi Jeff! Thank you for your comment! As we are a group from multiple households with various vaccination levels and prolonged exposure over several days, we are not lifting our face covering requirement at this time. However, we are fine with face coverings being removed whenever more than six feet is maintained between participants. In general, if you are mindful of your spacing, this could lead to a situation with minimal amount of time where it is necessary to wear one. The main place where we would like to see a continual use of face coverings is with prolonged conversations that take place with less than 6 feet distance and whenever someone needs to go inside – whether to use a restroom or in our SAG vehicle up a climb. I do recommend purchasing a neck gaiter as your face covering as it’s easy to pull up and down throughout your ride and camping experience. We look forward to having you on a trip! Best, Jennifer – SBO Program Manager

        On May 06, 2021
      • Jeff Ryan says...

        Hi SB!
        I did the Point Reyes cycling overnight a couple of years ago and loved it. Am thinking of joining the May 15-16 trip next week and I’m wondering if there’s any update to the covid precautions since Summer 2020.

        CDC and State guidelines for outdoor masking have loosened as more people get vaccinated. Will riders be expected to wear masks whenever riding w/in 6 feet of non-household riders? And in the rest stop and camping grounds too?

        Thanks, Jeff

        On May 06, 2021

      Leave a comment