WooooHOOOOOOOO! I got my Whitney permit today! There were 6 available, 1 on 7/9, 5 on 7/10. 7/10 was my first pick to start the John Muir Trail. I was home sick today, didn't even start moving until 2 p.m. because I felt so crappy. At 5:30p.m. I decided to check, it's May 1 right? In spite of myself, being sick, and not getting there until late in the day, I can't believe that there was one available! It took several minutes to fill in the itinerary, so long so, it said it was no longer reserved, but I did it!
This is my first long distance hike of real distance, my first time up Whitney, and going solo. One thing I won't be worried about, how long will I have to wait in Lone Pine to head up the mountain! Yeah!
Thanks Steve C.!!!! Your instructions were right on!