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Possible Price Increase Of Denali Permits To $1000

Submitted By: John McNamee on Jun 1, 2007


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This just in from Ben Kiessel "our man on the ground" in Talkeetna.

I'm in Alaska at the moment and was just at Talkeetna Air Taxi. Above the scales to weight your things to fly into Denali there is a sign that says that the park service is trying to raise peak fees for Denali to $1000. Below this was a list of addresses to write to, to stop this madness. I was wondering if you have heard of this at all. I am traveling at the moment but thought that people should know about this.

Fee increase contacts:
Marcia Blaszack
Regional Director Alaska
NPS 240 W. 5th Ave.
Anchorage, AK 99501

Paul Anderson
Superintendent
Denali National Park
PO Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755

Pete Armington
Chief Ranger
PO Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755

Thanks,
Be! n Kiessel

Time to get the pen and paper out again and get writing!


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By Matt Shepard
From: Broomfield, CO
Jun 4, 2007

I have recently returned from an unsuccessful attempt on Denali and also saw the information about a possible price increase. I have sent an email to the park service and hopefully will get some clarification on the issue. The website for Denali National Park mentions some price increases but not for climbing permits so we will have to see what their response to me is. I will post with more information when I hear from them.

By Brad White
Jun 4, 2007

I think the same sign was posted at Talkeetna Air Taxi last summer, as my friend and I saw it and were discussing it in July when we were there.

I was told that the Park does not truly intend to raise the fee that much. However, they do want to raise the fee, and by raising it to this level, it gives them some leverage in raising the fee at all. In other words, they say the intended raise is to $1000, when in fact they want to raise it to (for example) $500.

I am personally against any increase. The rescue services and team in DNP are amazing, but there are issues that have not been resolved around charging a special use fee. For example, historically climbers from certain nations have been disproportionately responsible for the majority of the rescues that have been done on Denali. To my knowledge, foreign climbers pay the same fee as American climbers. Also, there are other user groups that sometimes require a rescue, and they do not pay a special use fee. (Admittedly, the rescues on Denali, and the high peaks can be more expensive than rescues at lower elevations.) This means that an experienced, cautious climber that makes calculated, reasonably conservative decisions is paying for the poor judgement and inexperience of others.

These are issues that are not dissimilar in other places such as Yosemite, but in DNP the effect in cost for a permit is much greater. I say that the park service is already squeezing enough out of climbers on Denali; especially American climbers.

By Buff Johnson
Jun 5, 2007

There is a point there.

We get the AAC insurance, but then we pay again to basically self-insure in our own national park. Then, I wonder, do we pay a third time when actual rescue aid is performed?