Sports Basement Outdoors COVID Safety Measures

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 and used frequently. Participants are encouraged to bring their own. A small, travel sized bottle will be provided if necessary.

  • Social Distancing: Six foot social distancing is recommended whenever possible. This can create some challenges with parties traveling through tight spaces. Guides will dictate options in these situations. When in doubt, masks on!

  • Face Coverings: A face covering (mask/buff) is required on all trips as it can limit the spread of droplets. For safety reasons, whenever social distancing is unavoidable, guides and participants must be wearing a face covering. If clients arrive without a face covering, one will be provided. Social distancing and face coverings are particularly important during the trip as increased exertion may increase the aerosolization of viral particles. 

  • Tent Sharing: Only those who are members of the same household should share tents. This distinction is important: a household is those that live together, not necessarily members of the same family. Questions will be raised about those who travel together. If they have been together for 14 days - a quarantine period - they could be considered a household. 

  • 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.

  • Enhanced Screening: 

    • All clients will receive an additional digital COVID-19 Questionnaire prior to the trip. Clients should not be on a trip if they have come in contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 within the last 14 days or if they develop any fever or flu-like symptoms during the 14 days prior to the trip. 

    • As testing becomes more readily available, we encourage clients to be tested a week prior to the trip, to quarantine post test, and to limit exposure as much as possible during travel to the trip start.

    • Upon arrival at the starting location, all clients will be re-asked questionnaire questions and have their temperature checked with a digital thermometer. Clients with a temperature of over 100.5 degrees or higher will not be allowed to participate in the trip. Clients can transfer to another date or receive a partial refund (minus 20%).

  • Training: As some strenuous portions of the trip may require wearing a face covering, we recommend clients do as much training as possible with a mask to acclimate your lungs to a reduced oxygen intake. Additionally, for backpacking trips, with the reduction in shared gear options and an increase in sanitation items, we recommend increasing the weight of your training pack to prepare for the potential of a heavier pack on the trip. With quarantine issues related to being active and getting on trails, we are also encouraging participants to find any method of physical and endurance training possible to ensure they can safely and enjoyably complete the trip. 

  • Transportation: Due to risk of exposure, clients should refrain from carpooling with other trip participants. 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. Sufficiently diluted bleach and sanitizing wipes will be available on all trips to clean group gear. 

  • 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. Participants should supply their own common supplies like bandaids, athletic tape, ibuprofen, etc. In the absence of participant first aid items, 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.

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