Talked to the Inyo Permit Office today. Due to snafu at recreation.gov, the Whitney North Fork Lone Pine Creek
permits are still no go and you can't get the "Virtual Permits" (call in and get in kiosk) at this time. All the other permits (non-Whitney)
are available, including coming from Horseshoe Meadows to Whitney from the backside.
Hilariously, the permit cancellation messages for Saturday permits went out the day before my reservation was made.
So don't waste your time snapping up those newly available North Fork Lone Pine Creek Whitney permits.