Updated June 8th, 2021

Getting into the mountains is as important as ever. The refuge they offer, as well as the opportunity for wellness, solitude, and adventure, are invaluable. Indeed, we’ve all been longing to return. Relative to all the ways our country is starting to “open up,” outdoor recreation is a recommended and lower risk way to return to normalcy. Open fresh air with natural ventilation and plenty of sunshine make it harder for the coronavirus to latch on to us human hosts. But going to the mountains is not without risk. In addition to the host of hazards we normally encounter, we must now endeavor to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We ask you to work with us to manage this new risk to the best of our abilities.

SMG is open for business.

As the spread of COVID-19 decreases and the rate of vaccination increases, SMG has relaxed many of its COVID-19 protocols. Fully vaccinated guests and guides need not wear a mask and we are returning to normal food service for our multi-day trips. Based on the most current science we will no longer be quarantining our equipment or rotating it through “time-out” phases.

Groups with unvaccinated guests and/or guides will need to wear face coverings if social distance cannot be maintained. This would really only apply if meeting inside at our Stanley Headquarters or when in close quarters while climbing.

We will continue to encourage good hand hygiene as this remains a smart practice with or without a pandemic, especially before preparing and eating food.