All tours with Timberline Adventures will continue to have additional considerations, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The policies are outlined below.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. In 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Long term success depends on all sections of society, including businesses and employers, to take certain actions to help stop the spread of this disease.
COVID-19 is spread in three main ways:
• Breathing in air when close to an infected person who is exhaling small droplets and particles that contain the virus.
• Having these small droplets and particles that contain virus land on the eyes, nose, or mouth, especially through splashes and sprays like a cough or sneeze.
• Touching eyes, nose, or mouth with hands that have the virus on them.
Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms, but some people can become severely ill, and some people experience post-COVID conditions. Older people and those who have certain underlying medical conditions are more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19. Vaccines against COVID-19 are safe and effective.
Timberline Adventure is committed to providing our guests with a safe and enjoyable environment during our hiking and cycling tours. Our goal is to send you home healthy, happy, less stressed and rejuvenated from your time spent outdoors. Our general policies for additional considerations while the coronavirus pandemic is with us, and beyond, is as follows:
- Educate guests pretour, highly recommend getting fully vaccinated before arriving for a tour, and require that guests do not arrive with any pre-observed symptoms of the virus
- Keep up to date with CDC and NPS guidelines
- Encourage vaccinations, with exceptions only for extenuating circumstances
- Educate our guests in an ongoing manner
- Continue to enjoy outdoors activities and take our guests to less populated areas
- Wash hands and use sanitizer often, continue to use masks where requested
Read on for more detailed information on our procedures:
Vaccinations for COVID 19 are now widely available and safe. We highly recommend you get fully vaccinated before participating in a Timberline Adventures tour. If you choose not to get vaccinated, we will require that you show proof of a negative COVID 19 test no more than 48 hours before the tour begins, and we may ask that you follow additional procedures while on tour. Through this experience, we have found some of our additional procedures to have a benefit for everyone on the tour, and will therefore be keeping them in place as we navigate beyond the pandemic.
Before we assemble for our tours:
We ask our guests to take some precautions to lessen the risks of bringing disease to our tour. If you are exhibiting any symptoms of illness within a couple days of the tour, you should take a covid test. If not available, we suggest you reconsider your participation in the tour, and ask that you notify the office immediately. Please do all you can during travel to protect yourself by washing your hands frequently, wearing a mask if requested, and practicing reasonable care to avoid close contact with others.
If you feel ill while on tour:
Evaluation of the health of each guest and guide while on tour will rely heavily on self-disclosure, and observation of obvious symptoms. If an individual is feeling ill, we would advise separating from the group for the day. Timberline will carry at home COVID tests to administer to anyone with symptoms.
If negative the tour can proceed as normal.
If positive, the affected guest must isolate for 5 days, but the tour can proceed with added precautions for everyone: wear masks when not maintainng a 6 foot distance both indoors and out, carefully monitor for symptoms, and test for COVID after 5 days from exposure.
Timberline will attempt to facilitate alternative arrangements for the affected guest, but reponsibility will ultimately be up to the individual, including financial additions. On longer tours, it may be possible to rejoin a tour after 5 days of isolation, if the guest can arrange any needed transportation. Guides will have a similar responsibility to isolate if symptoms are detected.
In outdoor areas:
When in the open air, the risk of transmission outdoors is low. We will encourage using masks when in densely populated areas, and require them when the business or area requests them. Frequent use of hand sanitizer will be the norm.
In indoor areas, including bathrooms, restaurants and hotels:
Timberline will research and follow local restrictions at all times. We will only select hotels that have policies in place to minimize the risk of spreading the virus. Gatherings as a group will be outside as much as possible. Similarly, restaurants must have additional precautions in place. We may separate into small groups for in house dining, or to get take-out to enjoy our meal outside. Hand washing, and hand sanitizer will be encouraged frequently.
Before getting into the van, hand sanitizer will be required. The use of a mask will be required unless all participants are vaccinated, and everyone is comfortable with going maskless. Complete cleaning and sanitizing of the van will happen each night.
We will continue to provide lunches and snacks that are assembled in the morning and kept by each client for the day. Using masks is recommended while preparing lunch from our buffet. Guests can request that the guide put together the lunch. We will use prepackaged foods as much as possible, carefully clean any fruits and vegetables, and reduce the handling of any other foods.
SAG stops with snack stations for cycling tours will have specific procedures. You must remove your cycling gloves and wash and/or sanitize your hands before choosing a snack or filling your water bottle. Days’ end beverages should be distributed by a sanitized hand.
The CDC recommendations for prevention of illness can be found here:
For traveling in the National Parks, the NPS has issued this update:
By taking small steps, exhibiting awareness, and above all consideration of others, we believe we can provide you a safe, healthy and unforgettable adventure. Questions about these policies should be directed to the office, by phone: 303-664-8388 or email: email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing you on tour and wish you all good health and safety during this time.
Updated September, 2022