Alpenglow Expeditions Reopens Guided Climbing and Backcountry Skiing in the Tahoe National Forest
Company Resumes Limited, Private, Guided Services as the First Stage of a Larger, Responsible, Reopening Plan Developed with the U.S. Forest Service
Olympic Valley, CA (PRUnderground) May 18th, 2020
Alpenglow Expeditions, one of the leading mountain guide companies in the country, announced today the reopening of guided rock climbing, mountain climbing, and backcountry skiing expeditions in the Tahoe National Forest.
The comprehensive reopening plan, which was developed in partnership with the U. S. Forest Service, complies with local and state guidelines, and includes the guiding of small private groups, using social distancing measures, and other significant health safety modifications.
After more than two months of being effectively shut-down because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Alpenglow Expeditions is one of the first businesses in the Tahoe area to reopen.
“We’re excited and thrilled to be able to get out there again, doing what we do best,” said Alpenglow Expedition’s founder and CEO, Adrian Ballinger. “And since safety has always been our top priority, we’ve established a set of COVID-19 modifications especially designed to ensure everyone has a safe and healthy outdoor adventure experience.”
The new health measures include staggered check-in, mandatory use of gloves and facemasks, an expedition group limit of four guests per-guide, social distancing protocols, and on-location handwashing stations and hand sanitizer bottles. In addition, all guests, guides, and staff will have to pass a mandatory health screening test before embarking on any adventure. Guests who do not pass the health screening will be given a full credit towards a future expedition. Alpenglow guides and staff who don’t pass will not be able to resume working until given medical clearance.
Adventurers should also note that various local shelter-in-place orders are in effect nationwide, so they should check on any travel restrictions before planning a skiing or climbing expedition.
“We’re confident that the responsible measures we’re taking will protect our staff and climbers alike and won’t take anything away from the enjoyment and sense of accomplishment that we all get from exploring these scenic mountains,” said Ballinger. “Climbers and backcountry skiers with any questions about our new expedition protocols, should feel free to contact us at the Alpenglow office.”
Another popular Tahoe-area guided adventure, Alpengow’s Tahoe Via Ferrata, is still closed for operation, but the company is working on reopening it soon.
The company is also quick to note that rock and ski guiding operations on the Eldorado National Forest and Inyo National Forest are currently on hold and will be restarted soon. Also, all of Alpenglow’s international operations remain currently suspended, with plans to resume international expeditions sometime in September 2020 – as health and travel conditions allow.
To book a Tahoe Forest full-day or half-day outdoor adventure visit:
Alpenglow Expeditions is a Lake Tahoe-area based guide service that offers professional climbing adventures around the world to all levels of enthusiasts.
About Adrian Ballinger:
Adrian Ballinger is one of the USA’s premier high-altitude mountain guides, and the only American guide to have both AMGA/IFMGA guide certification (one of 135 in the USA) and more than 10 summits of 8,000-meter peaks (15 total, including 8 summits of Mt. Everest). As founder and head guide of Alpenglow Expeditions, Adrian has been guiding full-time for twenty years and has led over 150 international climbing expeditions on six continents. Visit alpenglowexpeditions.com or call 877-873-5376 for more information.
About Alpenglow Expeditions
Alpenglow Expeditions was founded in 2004 by IFMGA certified guide Adrian Ballinger. From the Himalaya to Lake Tahoe, Alpenglow leads expeditions across the mountain ranges of the globe in all disciplines including mountaineering, skiing, ski mountaineering, and rock climbing. With over 30 international expeditions per year and a full menu of ski and rock climbing courses in Lake Tahoe, Alpenglow Expeditions’ core values are founded on providing a unique experience for each client who desires to explore mountains across the world. Visit www.alpenglowexpeditions.com or call 877-873-5376 for more information.