First off, Topo would like to sincerely thank all of you who have reached out to him in a show of support.
He is truly humbled by the many positive messages that were received! A number of guests purchased
gift certificates, and more than one offered to help out for free if that would do any good. Topo is very
lucky to have so many friends. Almost every single message has been a show of love. Thank you so
Please remember, we are setting these guidelines for everyone’s safety. Our hope is that TMax-n-Topo’s
guests are caring and conscientious enough to make sure that we continue to move forward in our
effort to help out all the hikers and Adirondack Adventurers out there.
Masks: Masks will need to be worn in all common areas whenever there is any other person about who
is not a member of your booking party. If there is a circumstance where you are in an area with only
your booking party, then Topo asks that you please have a mask nearby for use when anyone else comes
in (including the owners!).
Guests that are forgetful or who choose not to comply will be reminded about our policy. If there are
guests who refuse to comply with the policy, they will have to leave, and any nights still in the
reservation will not be refunded.
Guests are encouraged to bring their own masks. Topo will have a limited number of masks for guests
who forget theirs.
Masks will not be required in the private rooms.
Dining: Topo will designate one of the tables for dining. Since it is very difficult to eat with a mask
(unless one is really proficient at osmosis), masks will not be required while eating at the dining table.
Guests will be asked to be accommodating and thoughtful when others are about, and to not linger
longer than necessary in some situations so everyone can have a chance to eat. Masks will be required
in the kitchen while cooking.
Deck: It is Topo’s hope that sometime in July the renewed patio deck will be fully open for guests. If
guests can keep six-feet away from each other while enjoying the deck, masks will only be required to
be handy, and not worn. Topo is thinking of ways to provide more outside spaces, since it appears that
the virus does not travel as well outside as it does inside.
Cleaning: Topo has always tried to keep his place as clean as can be (dusty – maybe, but clean unless it is
a Saturday night with the return of sweaty hikers). He’ll make sure all obvious problematic surfaces are
Sanitizer: Sanitizer will be available on all three floors. If guests would like to sanitize doorknobs and
things that are touched frequently, Topo thinks that would be grand!
Camper: In the past, the pop-up camper was for either his family or rented as a last resort when the
Hostel was at capacity. For this summer, at least, we will treat the camper as a third ‘private room’,
albeit one that will share bathrooms with other guests. All three of us have stayed in the camper in the
past, and we’ve been told by guests that the camper is very comfortable. It has electric run out to it, and
is in good range of the Wifi.
Open Windows: For the past few years Topo has been fond of the common room air conditioner. This
summer Topo will rely on open windows with fans directing the air outside for circulation. While this
may not be as comfortable on some of the warmer nights, it is in the best interest of all of the guest’s
Bunk rooms when shared with other guests: Topo will limit the number of different booking parties in
the bunk rooms for the time being. Larger groups are encouraged to book together (even if they pay
separately upon arrival) so they can be in the same room together. While this policy is in place, there
could be a limit on the number of single-person reservations taken for any individual night. This will
allow for a maximum amount of different bookings. Guests are not required to wear a mask while
sleeping, though if you are in a bunk-room for an extended amount of time while awake and in the
presence of a different booking party, masks will be needed.
Walk-in guests: For the time being, all guests who drop in without a reservation will need to contact
David or Terri before they can secure a bunk or private room. This policy will be revisited as the situation
Walk-in showers: TMax-n-Topo’s will continue to offer walk-in showers ($5 per person) on days that
either the entire Hostel or all the bunks are not rented out to a single group. Those who wish to use this
service must also wear a mask while in the common areas and follow all the walk-in shower rules. We’ll
also ask that you not linger excessively and if you are part of a larger group, that, when possible, you
wait outside until a bathroom becomes available.
If any guest feels that these guidelines will adversely impact their Adirondack adventure, we certainly
hope you choose to come back when this is all over.
Thank you all for understanding as we deal with this unique time in our hiking adventures….Topo, TMax,