NPS Says It Spends $1,300 For Each McKinley Climber

The National Park Service says costs of supporting climbers on Mount McKinley/Mount Foraker is $1,300 per climber, versus about $37 per person for all other visitors. The NPS which now charges $200/climber is seeking to raise the cost to $500. The park currently spends more than $1.3 million/year for search and rescue.

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Comment Deadline January 31 on Mount McKinley Climbing Fees

The National Park Service is accepting comments through Jan. 31 on a proposed increase in climbing fees on Mount McKinley. They may be submitted by e-mail to: or faxed to (907) 683-9612. They may also be mailed to: Superintendent, Denali National Park and Preserve, P.O. Box 9, Denali Park, AK, 99755. The Park Service notes: Climbers make up less than half of 1 percent of the park’s visitors, yet the Park service spends approximately $1,200 per climber compared to an average of approximately $37 for all other visitors.

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