I'm not trying to argue with you but what the woman on the info line told me yesterday was you can reserve a date 6months in advance and that includes overnights. She also said you can stay up to 14 days. So you're saying that's incorrect?
Allow me to clarify what I posted. You can reserve any date you wish in that six month window IF
there is availability for all members in your party the date/s you seek. If there are six people in your party, your permit best indicate that number. Another note of caution. The Permit that you get for the NFLPC is not valid for the Whitney Main Trail Zone. You can not go up the MR and then exit via the Main Trail with a NFLPC permit.
Up to last year, I got a "Cancellation/No Show" permit the day prior at the LPRVC after 2pm. Did it four times as a matter of fact last year alone. Not a "Walk In" mind you. Have done so since the Whitney Region Special Permit System/Program went into effect when not guiding under a Commercial Permit. This year, you have to wait till the day of. That was also confirmed by the Permit Administrator this afternoon. New deal. That is the regulation. What they do at the LPRS on time of issuance is their call. Again, per the Administrator.
I stand corrected as far WP Quotas for NFLPC from Nov through April. I was looking at my Commercial Quota's. General Public are "W" required which indicates "Walk In" acquisition from any Inyo NF RS/VC that issues WP's. They can not be "Reserved" via Rec.Gov.
BTW: Try going online at Rec.Gov and reserve a slot after 1 Jan 2013. No can do. The system will not be able to reserve any reservable dates until after sometime in Feb or early March.
And for MY edification, I found this per the Administrators directions. "Question 4. For Overnight and multi-night trips ~Where does your trip begin?
If you are starting on the Mt. Whitney Trail: Enter the lottery to reserve an Overnight permit.
(All other trails are NOT reserved in the lottery). Overnight trips starting on North Fork of Lone Pine Creek trail and other Inyo National Forest trails can be reserved on line, 6 months in advance. Trips starting in Yosemite, Sequoia or Kings Canyon National Parks, contact the park where you will start the trip for information."
- http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOC ... 347551.pdf
Thus I stand corrected on my Lottery call. ONLY the Main Whitney Trail requires a lottery entry