Climbing permits for Mount St. Helens go on sale

MOUNT ST. HELENS - If you're thinking of climbing Mount St. Helens this year, now is the time to get your permit for the 2013 season.

Anyone who wants to go above the volcano's 4,800-foot elevation is required to have one.

The permits can be purchased online starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 1. They cost $22 for the peak season (April 1 through Oct. 31).

Permits are limited to 100 per day for most of the season (from May 15 through Oct. 31) to keep the impact on the mountain to a minimum and protect the natural resources.

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