Outdoors

Mckinley Rule Rescinded

Climbing

The National Park Service has withdrawn a rule that requires Mount McKinley climbers to give 60-day-notice of plans to scale the continent’s tallest peak.

The rule, opposed by mountaineering groups, was canceled after notice was published too late in the Federal Register to accommodate peak-season climbers in May and June.

At 20,300-feet, McKinley attracts more than 1,000 climbers a season.

Another disputed regulation which requires climbers to pay a $150 fee remains in place. Critics say they may challenge the fee as excessive.

The Park Service at first wanted to recover costs of rescue expeditions on McKinley. However, the fee’s scope has been broadened to cover more routine expenses such as rangers’ salaries and educational pamphlets.

The 60-day notice had been enacted to help rangers prevent crowding on popular routes and allow them to identify climbers who might be too inexperienced. The notice requirement likely will be revived next year.



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