Mojave Guides Covid-19 Response and Protocol:

Based on information provided by the National Park Service, The American Mountain Guides Association and our county, state and federal governments, we resumed operations on October 1st, 2020.

Climbing is certainly going to be a little different in "the new normal". At times we will need to wear masks, social distancing must be maintained whenever possible, hand sanitizer will be a regular part of our kit, and the traditional handshake greeting has become an elbow bump. No big Deal, we're going to have a great time as usual. Here is a list of specific additions to our already high standards of care:

  • Masks. Even though we operate outside, all guides and participants will be required to wear face coverings any time we are within 6ft of each other. This one isn't too big of a deal. You wont need to wear your mask the whole time (but no one on our team is going to shame you if you do), just when we need to get closer than 6' for educational moments or when the terrain requires it. Our guides will have disposable masks available but you are encouraged to bring your own face coverings as they are often times more comfortable. 

  • Social Distancing. Fortunately there is a lot of room to spread out in Joshua Tree National Park. Lessons can be taught, and safety checks preformed, at a safe distance.

  • Hand sanitizer will also be available in the client care kits that go out on all of our programs. Its use is encouraged between climbs, before eating or drinking anything, after touching your face, etc.

  • Limited Group Size. All programs will be limited to a maximum 10 people per group. Because we only offer private programs and run at a 4:1 ratio, this means you can have a maximum of 8 participants signed up for your program. Please reach out to the office if you have a larger group and we can discuss splitting up and climbing in different areas. 

  • Education. All of our guides are thoroughly educated on Covid-19 risk management techniques and have been empowered to make any necessary adjustments or decisions before and during our programs. Any guide who shows symptoms of Covid-19 will immediately notify our office, take a Covid-19 test, and self quarantine until negative results are received.  

  • Cancellation Policy. We tend to fixate on your health and safety, but we don't want to get sick either! If you need to cancel because you think you may have contracted Covid-19 please let us know as soon as possible, even if that's just before your meeting time. You will be refunded everything but the $100 deposit, which we will happily apply to a future reservation. Although it is unlikely with all of our other precautions in place, there is a small chance that we will need to cancel your reservation and others in the event of an increase in local Covid-19 cases, park closure, or an outbreak among our staff. We apologize in advance for any inconveniences, but safety is paramount.   

  • Communication. Our guides will take the initiative at the beginning our your program to let everyone know what is expected and how to maintain a safe environment. Please do not hesitate to ask questions at any time if you are unsure of something.

Rest assured, the heath and safety of our guests has always been our highest priority.