We've all been cooped up for too long and holiday weekends and the summer in general call us outside. Please consider the following guidelines, developed by the Access Fund and published in Climbing Magazine on May 18:
- Know before you go. Check the status of the place you want to visit. If it is closed, don't go. If it's crowded, have a back up plan.
- Practice physical distancing. Keep your group size small. Be prepared to cover your nose and mouth and give others space. If you are sick, stay home.
- Plan ahead. Prepare for facilities to be closed, pack lunch, and bring essentials like hand sanitizer and face covering.
- Plat it safe. Slow down and choose lower-risk activities to reduce your risk of injury. Search and rescue operations and health care resources are both strained.
- Explore Locally. Limit long-distance travel and make use of local parks, trails, and public spaces. Be mindful of your impact on the communities you visit.
- Leave no trace. Respect public lands and waters, as well as Native and local communities. Take all your garbage with you.
- Build an inclusive outdoors. Be an active part of making the outdoors safe and welcoming for all identities and abilities.
- For more information: https://www.recreateresponsibly.org/
- The Seattle Times has compiled some useful links, including where to find public restrooms and where you may find restaurants that will serve you without going inside.
- American Alpine Club's list of links about sanitizing gear: AACbackyard