Huge Jump in Demand for Mt. St. Helens Permits Crashes Website

More than 10,500 people tried for volcano climbing permit this year.
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More than 10,500 people tried to buy a $22 permit to climb Mt. St. Helens last week--two and half times more people than last year in the first hour of the sale--crashing the system's website. The permit is required to climb higher than 4,800 feet on the volcano.