When the day finally arrives for your climb, you will need to go to the Climbing Information Building shown at the top of this page and sign in for your climb if you do it last minute like we did. You will also need a summit pass that cost $30.00 per person as of July 2010.
The pass is good for one year, so if you don't make it on your first attempt, you could regroup, and give it a shot on another day and still be good on your permit. You can also make reservatioins at any of the wilderness information centers located throughout the Park, or make them in advance by calling in for an additional fee. The number is as follows 360-569-2211 extension 6009.
Fees help pay for the climbing rangers, waste removal, and a variety of other services. Camps have certain quotas so if a location such as Camp Muir that is used by most climbers is full, you will be asked to select another route or come back later. Climbing during mid week will give you a much better chance of getting the route you prefer. The photo above left, shows two climbers signing in at the "Climbers Information Center." Signing in, and later on signing out, is also for safety reasons. This is a precaution just in case something goes wrong on the mountain. They know who you are, emergency numbers for loved ones, and most importantly, they know the approximate route you will be on.