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Reopening Guiding Operations in Tahoe National Forest

Photo: Logan Talbott teaching Intro to Mountaineering on Donner Summit. Students are learning to walk in crampons and how to use an ice axe.


Saturday, May 16, 2020

Today, we are beyond excited to announce that we finally have a concrete plan for our first stage of reopening after the threat of COVID-19 forced our small business to close for almost 9 weeks. We are accepting reservations today!


A note from Owner & Lead Guide Logan Talbott

“In partnership with the US Forest Service, we’ve crafted a reopening plan that allows us to resume guiding operations in the Tahoe National Forest. Starting this Saturday, 5/16 we’ll be open for guiding in North Lake Tahoe including rock climbing, mountaineering, and backcountry skiing skills courses. Our comprehensive reopening plan includes guiding in small private groups, social distancing measures and other significant changes. We anticipate offering open-enrollment courses in mid-June, but we’ll adjust this date as necessary.”


{Read: “Modifications to Rock and Snow Guiding Operations“}


Tahoe Via Ferrata

At this time, the Tahoe Via Ferrata is still on hold but we’re optimistic that we can open SOON and we’ll send an additional update as soon as we get approval.


Ready to Guide When You are Ready to Travel

After more than two months of being shut down, this is the first step towards reopening our business. While we’re super excited to get climbing, we understand that many members of our Alpenglow family, specifically in the Bay Area and elsewhere, are still under shelter-in-place orders. We want you to know that we will be ready for you when travel restrictions are relaxed. We can’t wait to climb with you, hopefully soon. We’re eager to be one of the first businesses to reopen in Tahoe and we’re prepared to do so responsibly.


Guide Tim Dobbins leading his group up School Rock on Donner Summit, an easy-moderate multipitch route that is great for teaching clients how to lead climb.

What programs are available starting May 16?


Rock Climbing

Private Full-Day Rock Climbing

Private Half-Day Rock Climbing

– Half-Day Family Rock Climbing


Rock Climbing Skills

– Rock Anchoring & Gear Placement (Please book a day of Private Rock Guiding)

– Learn to Lead Climb (Please book a day of Private Rock Guiding)

– Self Rescue for Rock Climbers (Please book a day of Private Rock Guiding)



– Intro to Mountaineering course (Please book a day of Private Rock Guiding)

– Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue (Please book a day of Private Rock Guiding)


Backcountry Skiing Skills Courses 

– Intro to Backcountry** (Please book a day of Private Ski Guiding)

– Into Ski Mountaineering** (Please book a day of Private Ski Guiding)


**A note about skiing in May: While the high elevation snowpack is still fantastic for teaching skills-based courses, please be aware that we have late spring snow conditions in Tahoe. Be aware that we will need to walk on the trailhead and we’ll encounter a variety of conditions throughout the day.



Our reservation system is open and accepting bookings. If you are still feeling uncertain, we’ve relaxed our cancellation policy to make booking worry-free. Book a day out with us and if we can’t be open due to COVID-19, you’ll get a credit to use at a later date or a full refund.