NCMG Code of Conduct

We consider the following procedures a “code of conduct”; by coming on an NCMG program, you agree to abide by these procedures to the best of your ability. We welcome feedback on these procedures as well as any questions you might have. We are doing our very best to limit coronavirus transmission in a very non-standard environment (the CDC does not have specific advice for social distancing at belay stances) and we need your help to succeed! We want our clients and our guides to embrace adventure with appropriate risk, while we mitigate what risks we can.


If you’d like to see NCMG’s complete coronavirus / COVID-19 plan, we are happy to share it with you.

Vaccination Measures

  • 1.  All NCMG staff are required to be vaccinated prior to working an NCMG program that begins after June 1, 2021

  • 2.  All NCMG Guests must be fully vaccinated by October 1, 2021 to participate in any programs.

Screening Measures

When you meet your guide, they will ask you COVID related questions including about any signs/symptoms. They will confirm that you are fully vaccinated and may ask to see a (digital or paper) copy of your COVID vaccination record.

Distancing & Masking Measures

The vast majority of NCMG's programs occur outdoors. Masks / face coverings are not required outdoors. If you would prefer that you and your guide utilize face coverings when in close proximity (e.g. a belay stance), we totally understand -- and want to help you feel comfortable -- please discuss with your guide.

When indoors (e.g. avalanche classes), guides and guests will wear masks, while working to appropriately distance and promote airflow.

When carpooling, guides and guests will wear masks and crack vehicle windows to increase ventilation and airflow.

COVID Screening Guidelines:

The following is from the Washington Department of Health, and we ask all guests and employees these questions prior to the start of any NCMG program.


Class A Symptoms

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever (>100.4)
  • New loss of taste or smell


Class B Symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Congestion or Runny Nose
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Diarrhea



If the client or guide has had 1 class A symptom or 2 or more class B symptoms and has not been cleared by a health care provider (including a negative COVID test result), then the client or guide will not be permitted to participate in NCMG programs. The program may be rescheduled if possible to allow for an adequate quarantine period.

NCMG Code of Conduct