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Climbing Permit Sellout

Posted on 30th April 2015 at 09:03

The U. S. Forest Service is announcing that you’re too late to book that Mother’s Day climb of Mount St. Helens. They say that all of the permits that have been set aside for climbing on Saturday, May 9th and Sunday, May 10th have been sold out. Because of challenges with parking, resource damage and litter, the number of available permits was reduced by half; only 500 permits are being allowed each day; last year, more than a thousand people climbed the volcano. Forest Service officials also say that climbers will be contending with conditions that are more like mid-July, so climbers will need to be extremely aware of exposed rock and other “melt-out” features. Between May 15th and October 31st, the number of permits will be reduced to 100 per day, to further protect the volcano from overuse. Full details on the number of permits available and the process for getting a permit are available on the Mount St. Helens Institute web page.