Summer Hiking Guidance for PebbleCreek Hiking Club Members May 16, 2020
These guidelines may be updated by the Hiking Club board at any time as new informaBon or recommendations about the pandemic occur.
If you are not feeling well or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 during the past 14 days, DO NOT HIKE WITH THIS GROUP!!!!
If you or someone you know has been in contact with or is diagnosed with Covid-19, please inform the club by contacting President Dana Thomas PCHCPres@gmail.com or 907-590-4425. This will allow the club to inform other hikers of their possible exposure.
Hikers should read and be aware of the current guidance for self-protection and protection of others offered by the Arizona Department of Health Service posted online at https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/ index.php#novel-coronavirus-what-everyone-needs.
Summer hikes will meet in the parking lot at EN Clubhouse.
The Hike Leader will be the only person who will sign Hikers in for that group's hike. The leader will be responsible for listing the Hikers’ names on the Log-In Sheet, will be the only person to use that pen/pencil, and will coordinate with the club statistician to scan, or email that information for data gathering. The Hike Leader will remind Hikers that by signing up for the hike, they are agreeing to the club’s liability waiver located on the website and the back of the sign-in form.
Hikers should avoid handshaking, hugging, or touching each other, unless the other person is your spouse/ partner. Please do not ask another hiker to get an item out of your pack.
The Hike Leader will ensure that any electronic devices, such as Club Walkie-Talkies, In-Reach, etc. will be cleaned with a disinfectant wipe before and after that day's hike.
For summer hikes the club recommends that Hikers use their own personal vehicles to travel to a Trail Head; spouses/partners may travel together. If non-spouse Hikers choose to travel with each other, we recommend that they wear facemasks while in the vehicle. The driver should wipe with disinfectant the door handles, seats and other items touched in the car before and after the hike.
If hikers chose to ride with someone, please sort out an equitable approach, e.g., take turns driving or sharing expenses, on your own. The club will not provide the suggested driver donation for the summer and will re- evaluate that situation for the regular season.
The Hike Leader should communicate with the group to make sure no one feels pressured to take someone in their car if they have chosen not to do so.
Hikers should maintain a social distancing 6-foot space while hiking. At breaks, please maintain a safe distance by sitting/standing at least 6 feet away from other Hikers.
Hikers are welcome to wear face masks while hiking if they chose to do so. Please be aware that others may not be wearing masks.
If you cough or sneeze, do so into a handkerchief or your sleeve to reduce the spread of droplets. If you feel unwell during a hike, inform the Hike Leader immediately.
In case of a first aid scenario, the person(s) rendering first aid should wear disposable gloves and a facemask. We recommend that everyone has a facemask with them in their daypacks. Disposable gloves, hand- sanitizer and/or wipes also need to be added to the required items to carry for each Hiker. Wearing glasses or goggles is also recommended. Each hiker should carry an empty plastic bag to dispose of items needed to render first aid.