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 1st to participate in any programs.



Screening Measures

  1. When you meet your guide, they will ask you COVID related questions including showing any signs/symptoms and also require proof of a COVID Vaccination.

Distancing Measures

  1. NCMG will seek to work primarily with intact groups (defined as groups that are already in close contact with one another prior to their NCMG program, as opposed to open enrollment groups that include people with no previous contact to one another).

  2. Clients and guides will not carpool, except in limited circumstances on some Stevens Pass programs. All carpooling will be done with masks and vehicle windows partially open.

  3. Whenever feasible, clients and guides will keep six feet of distance from one another

  4. When appropriate distancing is not possible (e.g. a belay stance), clients and guides should use masks for the purpose of reducing potential virus shedding from an asymptomatic COVID+ person.

  5. NCMG asks that guides and clients use the best option available for a face covering without creating additional risks. For example, a guide minding a belay may choose to pull a buff over their face because attaching a mask would create a less attentive and higher risk belay.


Hygiene Measures

  1. NCMG will request that clients and guides carry hand sanitizer during the program for use prior to eating, touching one’s face (applying sunscreen, for example), or other activities with a higher likelihood of transmission.

  2. As per usual, clients are responsible for bringing all their own non-technical equipment

Food Procedures

  1. Guides and clients will not share food. Clients will be responsible for all meal preparation.

  2. Guides will not give their food with clients unless they assess that a client’s lack of caloric intake and available personal food create a risk. In these rare instances, guides should share only pre-packaged items that can be sanitized by the client (e.g. energy gel packet).


COVID Screening Guidelines:

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