Hygiene & PPE

Updated January 17, 2021

Group Hygiene & Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

Participants must follow current AHS guidelines and AHS Guidance for cohorts / households for physical distancing and hygiene including, but not limited to:

  1. Use of PPE by participants must meet or exceed AHS guidelines.


  1. Participants must provide their own PPE (surgical or non-surgical masks or coverings and alcohol-based hand sanitizer) at club events and are not to share PPE with other participants.


  1. Disposable PPE must be packed out and disposed of in an appropriate manner.


  1. Participants must not engage in physical contact unless they are members of the same cohort / household (no hand shaking, high-fives, hugs, etc.).


  1. Participants must not share food or beverages unless they are members of the same cohort / household. Ensure that food and beverages are not passed from person to person, except among cohorts / households.


  1. Practice current physical distancing rules for the duration of the trip, except with members of the same cohort / household.


  1. Members are expected to follow coughing and sneezing etiquette as well as regularly wash or sanitize their hands.


  1. Participants are asked to refrain from placing any club equipment in their mouths while climbing.

Constrained Physical Distancing Locations

PPE is necessary when physical distancing of two (2) meters or physical barriers cannot be maintained. In the case of belays, summits or other areas of constriction:

  1. When encountering other parties, respectfully communicate with them in the agreement that all parties will maintain physical distancing and/or don proper masks during the time of passage between the groups.


  1. Limit the amount of time spent on a summit or belay station when other parties are present, and coordinate with the other group to maintain the appropriate social distancing requirements, including all parties wearing and using PPE.


  1. Limit the exposure on narrow alpine routes / multi-pitch climbs with other parties by choosing routes that allow for appropriate distancing on belays, or use masks and sanitize your hands before and after the period when you will be in close contact.


  1. Make transitions efficient and safe.


  1. Maintain social distancing while at rest stops and meal locations. Ensure that food and beverages are not passed from person to person, except among cohort / household members.