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Fee hike for climbing Mt. Rainier

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Mt. Rainier 4/13/08

The priceless experience of climbing Mt. Rainier will cost you an extra $13 this year. Rainier National Park officials are now charging $43 for a climbing pass for adults over the age of 25. Climbers 24 and younger get a $30 youth rate. The new rates are effective immediately. Passes are good for one year.

Rainier is very popular with mountain climbers. Approximately 11,000 people scale the 14,411-foot Cascade volcano each year. The last time the climbing fees were increased was back in 2003. The fees help pay for ranger salaries and maintenance of climbing routes and camp sites.

 

Dave Meyer has been anchoring KNKX news shows since 1987. He grew up along the shores of Hood Canal near Belfair and graduated from Washington State University with degrees in communications and psychology.