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Volcano climbers crash Mount St. Helens permit website

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 3, 2018

Two hikers cross the Plains of Abraham on June 22, 2013, on the southeast side of Mount St. Helens, Wash. (Allen Thomas / AP)
Two hikers cross the Plains of Abraham on June 22, 2013, on the southeast side of Mount St. Helens, Wash. (Allen Thomas / AP)
Associated Press

LONGVIEW, Wash. – A website for Mount St. Helens climbers crashed when more than 10,500 people attempted to buy one of the $22 climbing permits.

Mount St. Helens Institute Executive Director Ray Yurkewycz said the website crashed Thursday morning due to overwhelming demand.

He said two-and-a-half times more people tried getting permits this year in the first hour compared with 2017.

He said more people are heading outdoors and are being made more aware of opportunities through Facebook groups.

The institute said it expects to have the permitting problems fixed by late Monday.

The permits are needed for anyone planning to ascend above 4,800 feet on the 8,363-foot volcano.

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