MOUNT RAINIER, Wash. - If you're a fan of mountain climbing, it's going to cost you a little more to hike Mount Rainier next year.
Mount Rainier National Park officials announced Wednesday that the climbing cost recovery fee will be increased by one dollar for the 2013 calendar year. The increase applies to both youth and adult passes; adult passes for those 25 and older will soon be $44, and passes for those 24 and younger will be $31.
The climbing cost recovery fee supports climbing management and services on Mount Rainier. It provides funding to keep the mountain clean, staff the mountain with rangers and emergency medical and rescue services, operate information centers, and provide gear, equipment, training, and supplies.
The fee went into place in 1995. It increased back in 2011. Minor shortfalls in fees collected as well as inflation over the past two years have contributed to the need for the increase.