Here’s a letter from a few organizations about a recent mountaineering fee increase by the National Park Service for climbing Denali. The Park Service wants to raise the fee from $200 to $500 per climber.
I understand why these groups might be opposed, but still, how much should it cost to climb one of the most famous mountains in the world? Should other citizens who don’t climb, subsidize a small number of climbers? If you are on a small budget and you want to climb mountains, go somewhere else. The vast majority of mountains in the US can be climbed for free.