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Mount St. Helens Climbing Permits Sell Out Through Summer


Climbers reach within 25 feet of the 8,363-foot summit on Mount St. Helens in this file photo from May 2006. Permits to climb the destination this year are sold out for the summer.

Climbers reach within 25 feet of the 8,363-foot summit on Mount St. Helens in this file photo from May 2006. Permits to climb the destination this year are sold out for the summer.

The Columbian

Now that the sun has returned to Southwest Washington, locals can shift their attention from staying dry to getting out to the mountains. But anyone looking to climb Mount St. Helens is going to have to wait a while longer.

Permits to climb to the volcano’s 8,363-foot summit are sold out until at least Sept. 27, as are the first two weekends in October — the final month of the season.

Ray Yurkewycz, executive director of the Mount St. Helens Institute, the nonprofit that facilitates permit sales, said in the last few years about 10,000 the season’s 39,000 permits are sold on the first day they’re available, with the majority of those sales completed in the first 45 minutes.

“People are just poised and waiting to click the link,” he said. “It’s like a mad rush at a department store on Black Friday.”

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