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Post Labor Day Availability?
#59106 07/27/21 05:50 PM
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Hi all!

I've been looking to climb Mt Whitney for a couple of years, but never could plan ahead enough to try the lottery. Instead, I've been finding available permits later in the season, starting after Labor Day. I just started looking again and there is nothing available through the end of the year! I don't think it's really booked past Halloween, so can anyone help me figure out what's going on later in the season? Is this a Covid wrinkle?

I'm sorry if missed this among the discussions, but I didn't see anything.

Thanks!

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JerryRCD #59107 07/28/21 10:13 AM
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I too have always gotten cancelled permits in the past but so far not this year. I check several times a day but mostly see a permit or two available for a day or two out. I think it's due to more people interested in Whitney (hiking in general) and their knowledge of obtaining permits. There is much communication on Facebook on scoring permits.

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JerryRCD #59108 07/28/21 10:58 AM
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Also, there is no permit quota after November 1. The lack of permit availability showing after Nov 1 is just a lovely quirk in the system. Of course the weather will be iffy.

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AndyC #59111 07/29/21 11:15 AM
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Thanks AndyC. I don't think I'll be trying that late, but usually the number of available slots midweek after labor day is non-zero. I still can't believe every one is booked throrugh November 1.

Again, thanks for the note.

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RenoFrank #59112 07/29/21 11:16 AM
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Thanks RenoFrank!

I'll look into the FB group. I'm betting I'll find a slot later this fall. I appreciated the note back.

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JerryRCD #59119 07/29/21 09:29 PM
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[quote=JerryRCD]

I'll look into the FB group.


All that FB discussion about Whitney permits is diminishing your chance for a permit.

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JerryRCD #59121 07/30/21 03:30 AM
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[quote=JerryRCD]Thanks AndyC. I don't think I'll be trying that late, but usually the number of available slots midweek after labor day is non-zero. I still can't believe every one is booked throrugh November 1.

Again, thanks for the note. [/quote

Everything IS booked. At this point, you need to wait for a cancellation. The thing is, people usually don’t cancel until the last minute. It’s really a matter of being flexible and able to leave at a moment’s notice.


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