Keeping our participants and guides safe during COVID-19
Kate and I and our Guidess team are so excited to be leading adventures again. With new regulations and recommendations being updated regularly from the Center for Disease Control we wanted to share our COVID-19 requirements so you are aware of what precautions we are taking to keep you safe while providing a fun outdoor experience.
Keeping groups small
This is something we do with our trips anyway to reduce the impact on the environment, especially on overnight adventures. With COVID we are keeping our groups to 10 or less.
Staying 6 feet away from each other
Most of the time in the outdoors we are able to stay spaced out and recreating outside is still one of the safer activities you can do right now.
Providing masks if they are needed
If there’s a time we need to be close together, we have masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer easily accessible.
Separate sleeping areas
On overnight adventures we usually combine people in tents to reduce the impact on the land. We are providing tents or hammocks for each person who needs them so we can social distance.
Asking “COVID Questions”
More than likely you have been asked the “COVID Questions” by now. Before trips we will check in with everyone and ask, “Have you experienced symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days?” “Have you been around someone who has experienced COVID-19 in the past 14 days?” If answering yes to either question we will not allow guests to come on the trip.
I hope this answers some of your questions regarding COVID-19 and how we are keeping you safe. We are grateful that we are still able to get outdoors and enjoy nature during these times. Check out our trips on our website to learn more about what we have coming up.
If you are still in need to social distance please sign up for my Online Guide to Outdoor Wellness, it’s a great online program that provides yoga, breathing exercises, guided meditations, hiking activities and daily journaling prompts.
Join us in a Daily DNK adventure, share on social for your chance to win!
As we go through these unprecedented times, things are changing daily even hourly. We have taken on a new routine with having our son at home full time with us, DNK Presents planned trips on hold, we are still figuring out our “new normal” and how we can remain healthy during these times. I’ve listed some things that you and your family can do right now.
- Hiking/Running/Walking – Some parks are still open, the weather is getting warmer and it’s a great time to get outside. Check to make sure the trails and parks are open in your area before venturing out, with the Hiking Project (app) you can find trails in your area.
- Camping – Have your spring break trips been cancelled? You can still have fun in the outdoors and it’s something you can do with the whole family. Springtime means less bugs, cooler temperatures and sometimes fewer crowds. If going to a campground isn’t an option for you try camping in your own backyard or even in your living room. We could all use something else fun to do inside with the kids, am I right?!
- Biking – Road, gravel, trail – Choose a trail close to home and one you have been on before.
- Tree or spring flower identification – Have fun doing something fun and different in the outdoors with your family.
- Plant a garden – You can order seeds online and have fresh fruit and home-grown vegetables this summer and fall.
Do you have other ideas? Let us know in the comments! Starting today join us in sharing your #dailyDNKadventure by posting a photo or video of what you are doing to stay adventurous and healthy during this time. Make sure to use the hashtag #dailyDNKAdventure and tag DNK Presents on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to be considered to win some prizes like one of our new Buffs (neckware) and some sweet DNK Presents stickers. We will be picking our favorite photos and videos and will be selecting winners randomly!
Remember when going outdoors during this time make sure to go to an area close to home, it’s best not to try a completely new trail in a new park, always tell someone where you are going if you are going alone, do not go out if you are feeling sick, stay a safe distance away from people if you see others out on the trails, avoid any unnecessary risk and have fun out there!
Mountain Biker Tips
P.S. Here is a note from Kate and specifically for all the mountain bikers.
– Ride only if you don’t have symptoms
– Ride only with members of your household
– Keep a distance of 6 feet between other riders and while greeting or passing others on the trail
– Ride close to home to avoid spreading the virus
– Ride safely, don’t try any new jumps or drops – avoid any hospital trips
– Wash your hands when you come back home
Stay stoked, be safe and remain healthy!
We could all use a good laugh right now, if you haven’t seen our latest video on Leave No Trace, check it out here!