We don't stop hiking because we grow old, we grow old because we stop hiking. -- Finis Mitchell

Mount St. Helens climbing permits

Just a heads up for any of you out there thinking about climbing Mount St. Helens this summer.

The climbing permits go on sale tomorrow, Monday, February 1, at 9 AM through the Mount St. Helens Institute website.

Here's what the site says about permits:

Mount St. Helens offers an exciting and challenging climb. While it is not a technical climb and does not usually require special equipment or previous mountain climbing experience, it is a strenuous experience. Be prepared for snow, ice and changing weather conditions.

Permits are required year round. From November 1 through March 31, you can obtain permits at no charge from the Lone Fir Resort in Cougar, WA. From April 1 through October 31, you need to purchase a permit in advance from this site. From April 1 through May 15, there is no limit on the number of permits available. After May 15, permits are limited to 100 per day.

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