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#3122 - 03/20/10 05:18 PM Re: Whitney Lottery Progress 2010 [Re: quillansculpture]
Bret Offline


Registered: 03/05/10
Posts: 11
Loc: California
quillansculpture, you're an amazing person, to summit Whitney after everything you have been through, thank you very much for this post, you made my day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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#3123 - 03/20/10 05:20 PM Re: Whitney Lottery Progress 2010 [Re: wbtravis]
Bret Offline


Registered: 03/05/10
Posts: 11
Loc: California
Travis, thanks again, you've changed my mind to be more positive if I don't get the permit I will still find a way to go that's for sure
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#3137 - 03/20/10 11:17 PM Re: Whitney Lottery Progress 2010 [Re: Steve C]
matt_sargent Offline


Registered: 03/19/10
Posts: 2
Loc: San Diego, CA USA
15 day. Will keep the forum updated.

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#3252 - 03/25/10 10:58 PM Re: Whitney Lottery Progress 2010 [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7075
Loc: Fresno, CA
The Inyo National Forest staff reports:

Quote:

Mt. Whitney Lottery Progress Report

As of Thursday, March 25, 2010


We finished the reservation making phase of the lottery this afternoon, now the big box is empty!

Coming to mail boxes soon:
4034 good news letters
2844 no luck this time.

Tomorrow we will all turn to working on the outgoing mail. We expect to send out hundreds of letters in Friday and Saturday's mail. The unsuccessful letters will all be mailed as quick as we can put them into envelopes.
The charge card machine will be running non stop to get the successful letters going out as quickly as possible. It may take another week to get all the letters mailed.


So out of 7,370 applications received, they still have 6878 replies (93%) yet to mail.

And now, if you get your letter sooner rather than later, odds are you get a rejection notice.

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#3256 - 03/26/10 10:26 AM Re: Whitney Lottery Progress 2010 [Re: Steve C]
Bret Offline


Registered: 03/05/10
Posts: 11
Loc: California
Thank you Steve very much for this update, keeping my fingers crossed......
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#3261 - 03/26/10 02:06 PM Re: Whitney Lottery Progress 2010 [Re: Bret]
Go Bears Offline


Registered: 01/14/10
Posts: 39
Loc: Placer County, Ca
Now I DON'T want to hear from them for a week or so...

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#3265 - 03/26/10 05:40 PM Re: Whitney Lottery Progress 2010 [Re: Go Bears]
Bret Offline


Registered: 03/05/10
Posts: 11
Loc: California
I hear you, I keep checking my bank account, I wish I would have put it on my Credit Card, It probably would have been faster...
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#3267 - 03/26/10 11:20 PM Re: Whitney Lottery Progress 2010 [Re: Bret]
JeffB Offline


Registered: 02/23/10
Posts: 9
Loc: Santa Barbara, California
Got my denial today. And now to the figuring how to get 8 spots for an overnight with half coming from out of state...
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#3268 - 03/27/10 12:24 AM Re: Whitney Lottery Progress 2010 [Re: JeffB]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7075
Loc: Fresno, CA
That's a tough one, Jeff. But if you are a little flexible, it might still work. What time frame were you planning?

If you study the numbers in Unused Whitney Permits - 2009, You can see that there are many mid-week times when overnight permits are available. If you show up mid-week, especially mid-june to mid-july, everyone should be accommodated.

And remember, those unused numbers are at the end of the day. Show up at the 11 AM time when the no-shows become available, and your chances are better. And I believe if you are there earlier, as groups come in to pick up their reserved slots, they often shed a few unused spots. Early bird gets the worm. wink

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#3278 - 03/27/10 10:11 PM Re: Whitney Lottery Progress 2010 [Re: Steve C]
JeffB Offline


Registered: 02/23/10
Posts: 9
Loc: Santa Barbara, California
Hey Steve. I had requested permits for 8 on every weekend in Sept., hoping that would be late enough in the season and making it easier for the out of state folks. I looked at the unused list from last year and it seems like walking in on a Thursday or Friday might still be a possibility in Sept.. I wonder though if it might just be smarter to either go mid week or push to early Oct. and get a weekend. All my out of staters are hikers but have never done a 14er and I don't think it would be to wise or kind to ask them to do it as a day hike. What do you think would be the best choice of those two? Mid week or chance the weather in early Oct.?
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#3279 - 03/27/10 11:13 PM Re: Whitney Lottery Progress 2010 [Re: JeffB]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7075
Loc: Fresno, CA
I think I would opt for the mid-week rather than wait until October. Not only is the weather a risk, you have very long nights, too.

Mid-week, if you simply plan on showing up on two consecutive days at 9 AM at the visitor center, is practically a sure thing.

You can get a jump on permits, too if you start calling one to two weeks before your trip. A few good people actually call in advance and release their unused slots.

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#3284 - 03/28/10 01:56 PM Re: Whitney Lottery Progress 2010 [Re: Steve C]
JeffB Offline


Registered: 02/23/10
Posts: 9
Loc: Santa Barbara, California
Thanks Steve, I think that's sound advice.
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#3339 - 03/31/10 07:59 PM Re: Whitney Lottery Progress 2010 [Re: JeffB]
Bret Offline


Registered: 03/05/10
Posts: 11
Loc: California
Bummed got my rejection letter today. I really thought I would get in being I asked for 3 passes and a lot of mid week request. Oh well back to the drawing board, I still plan on making it up to the summit.....
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#3340 - 03/31/10 08:06 PM Re: Whitney Lottery Progress 2010 [Re: JeffB]
quillansculpture Offline


Registered: 11/13/09
Posts: 552
Loc: Murrieta, CA
Hi Jeff, I know weather is a risk, but if you keep an eye on the weather reports and there isn't an early snow, you could certainly take a chance. I went the second week of October last year and the weather was really nice. Pretty cold in the morning, but made it nice early and then the sun hit the switchbacks. A note would be that it snowed the very next weekend.
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#3341 - 03/31/10 08:11 PM Re: Whitney Lottery Progress 2010 [Re: Bret]
quillansculpture Offline


Registered: 11/13/09
Posts: 552
Loc: Murrieta, CA
Bret....I got mine too this year and one last year.....but no worry.
You can PM me if you'd like. Love to know your plans, dates, etc. You can do it this year. My training has been up and down. Two colds got me slowed a bit. But, I think I'm getting on track again. I'll be doing the local short mountains, Wilson, Santiago, etc. until the snow melts.
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#3343 - 03/31/10 09:18 PM Re: Whitney Lottery Progress 2010 [Re: quillansculpture]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7075
Loc: Fresno, CA
The Inyo National Forest staff reports:

Quote:

Mt. Whitney Lottery Progress Report

As of Wednesday, March 31, 2010


The calendar of available space went onto the website today, so people can begin looking at what is available on line.

Hundreds of letters are going into the mail this week. (2000 letters in the last 2 days) The last of the unsuccessful letters are going to the post office on April 1. The last of the successful letters should be going in the mail the rest of this week, and on Monday April 5.

I will write again when the last letter is mailed. Everyone should get their results letter by April 15th. We still cannot search for individual results while the final fee collection transactions are being completed.

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#3387 - 04/02/10 03:04 PM Re: Whitney Lottery Progress 2010 [Re: quillansculpture]
Bret Offline


Registered: 03/05/10
Posts: 11
Loc: California
Joseph bad news for both of us, well a friend of mine has 4 passes for late September, if one of his crew drop out, I am next in line, but late Sept might be icy. thinking about a day hike in or maybe the long way around, but I think that might be too much. I also plan on walking in and seeing if there are any cancellations. Do you have any ideas I might have missed...
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#3390 - 04/02/10 04:41 PM Re: Whitney Lottery Progress 2010 [Re: quillansculpture]
Bulldog34 Offline


Registered: 11/12/09
Posts: 1251
Loc: Atlanta
Joe, looks like Plan-B time. Got my rejection today, dammit. We'll still be out there in July, only we now have more flexibility. Gimme a shout and we can talk about our options.

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#3391 - 04/02/10 04:46 PM Re: Whitney Lottery Progress 2010 [Re: Bret]
Bulldog34 Offline


Registered: 11/12/09
Posts: 1251
Loc: Atlanta
Originally Posted By: Bret
. . . I am now 52 and so ready to put some lipstick on this pig


Bret, you're eligible for admission to the Full Deck Club. Age 52 seems to be going around quite a bit on this board. I can count no less than 10 regulars who are in this general category. Later this year we'll be the Full Deck and a Joker Club.

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#3392 - 04/02/10 05:31 PM Re: Whitney Lottery Progress 2010 [Re: Bulldog34]
wagga Offline


Registered: 10/07/09
Posts: 2188
Loc: Humbug Reach (Pop. 3)
A few more years and you'll be thinking I'm an upside-down pervert.
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