I even specified an alternate leader, but she never got the email asking her to confirm.
Same here.I sent an email requesting help and just received this from rec.govSupport:
"Thank you for contacting Recreation.gov!
I apologize, but I cannot answer your question or provide you with information about this location today. Due to the complicated nature of this permit, the managers at Mt. Whitney in the Inyo National Forest have asked that you call their staff to assist with your questions. They have the most knowledge about this location and this permit and are glad to assist with your questions or provide you with additional information. You can reach them by calling, (760) 873-2483. I’m able to assist with any other questions or information about Recreation.gov not related to Mt. Whitney Permits.
If you have any other issues or requests, please refer to our Contact Us page for assistance.
I will call on my upcoming days off.