Climbers face Denali and Rainier fee increases, mountain groups raise concerns
The National Park Service (NPS) is considering raising mountaineering fees in Denali and Mount Rainier National Parks, and climbing groups have taken note and raised concerns.
The NPS has proposed raising climbing fees at Denali from $200 to $500 and at Rainier from $30 to $43-$58. The NPS says current fees are inadequate to cover the cost of the mountaineering programs, and the increases are necessary to "support essential education, safety, and other public services."
The Access Fund, American Alpine Club, and American Mountain Guide Association jointly say such high fee increases are "unnecessary and unfair" and could price many climbers out of the parks. The non-profits say they are looking for ways to cut mountaineering program costs and generate alternative sources of revenue to support climbers, especially on Denali.
Have an opinion on the fees?
The NPS is still accepting public input, but the comment period ends Monday, January 31.
For more info on the fees, or to submit comments to Denali or Mount Rainier National Park:
- Mount Rainier Climbing Cost Recovery Fee Increase Proposal (nps.gov)
- Special Denali Mountaineering Use Fee (nps.gov)
- Joint Access Fund, American Alpine Club, and American Mountain Guides Association position statement (PDF)
- "Park Service to hold open houses on Denali mountaineering fee" (Trailspace.com)
(In the interest of full disclosure, Trailspace is a member of the Access Fund and AAC, in addition to other outdoor non-profits.)