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The AAC in Washington, D.C.: Denali Fees Senate Hearing (Webcast)

Posted on: April 8th, 2011 by Luke Bauer

As reported previously on Inclined, the American Alpine Club, the Access Fund, and the AmericanMountain Guides Association (AMGA) have been working with Denali and Mt. Rainier National Parks on their proposed mountaineering fee increases. The Club considers the small increases at Rainier to be a win for our and other organizations’ advocacy efforts. “Park management has been very receptive to public comments,” said AAC Executive Director Phil Powers. “They have been crystal-clear in explaining the necessity of an increase—and how the money will be spent. The Club is also pleased that the relevant groups were able to settle upon an increase at the lowest end of the range.”

The Denali fee increase proposal, on the other hand, still requires substantial fine-tuning to gain the Club’s endorsement.

Although the public comment period regarding Denali ended a few months ago, AAC Executive Director Phil Powers—along with Brady Robinson, Jason Keith, and Cody Smith— recently visited Washington, DC to testify before the Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee on these fees. Watch video of the National Parks Service Director Jonathan Jarvis and Colorado Senator Mark Udall discussing the increases here. (For the fee increase discussion, jump to 37:35 into the webcast.) A final decision is expected soon, and the Club will keep you updated as the situation develops.

Below is a chronological list of articles we have released on this issue:

Mount Rainier Climbing Fee Increases to $43 (March 15, 2011)

Denali: Climber Comments Needed (Jan. 26, 2011)

Rainier: Climber Comments Needed (Jan. 25, 2011)

Protect Mountaineering on Denali: Attend a NPS Open House in Seattle, WA or Golden, CO (Jan 12, 2011)

Denali and Rainier: Voice Your Opinion (Nov. 18, 2010)

Addressing Mountaineering Fees on Denali and Rainier (Sept. 10, 2010)

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