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PostFri Mar 22, 2019 6:49 pm 
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Brian R wrote:
Just day-trip it and then do an "emergency bivy" or two.

I'm thinkin' of wearing camo and crawlin' through the brush!!! Gotta get in somehow!!!

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The Forest Service does math differently than the Hordes. In FS maths, $26 is actually $32. I don't really mind. In fact, I usually buy an overpriced book, or one of those surprisingly low quality t-shirts when I stop in at the Ranger Shack. If they had a tip jar, I'd probably throw a couple'a bucks in there, too. They've helped me out a bunch of times. In Marblemount one time, they even let me in to the secret back room to use the giant satellite communicator machine.

I'll never enter that cursed lottery, because I suck at gambling. Even if I did win a pass, I'd probably lose it back to them somehow. Fortunately, I excel at walk-up. 8 wins in 8 tries- I've never even had to come back a second day.
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PostTue Mar 26, 2019 1:12 pm 
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I have been to the Enchantments twice--once when I first came to Washington in the early 90s, and then when I won the lottery two years ago. I kind of feel like that's all I get. I won't be applying again.

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PostMon Apr 01, 2019 5:20 pm 
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I took an (unsuccessful) stab at getting a Core permit at 0700 this morning. There were NO Enchantment permits available at the opening bell!

In perusing the schedule for the entire summer it would appear that they won't even be offering walkups this year as there are only three days (all in early May) with any availability at all.

Oh well
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PostMon Apr 01, 2019 5:37 pm 
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They might as well put the entire calendar year into the lottery system. Maybe that would relieve some of the shoulder season pressure. Or maybe this will keep going and they sell out for the year? People are definitely just applying for this and Helen's just because there is a lottery.
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PostMon Apr 01, 2019 7:36 pm 
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As far as I know they will still have the walk up lottery at the ranger station every morning at 7:45 am except on Sundays when they are closed.  I believe it is one permit for each zone.

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PostMon Apr 01, 2019 7:38 pm 
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schifferj wrote:
I took an (unsuccessful) stab at getting a Core permit at 0700 this morning. There were NO Enchantment permits available at the opening bell!

In perusing the schedule for the entire summer it would appear that they won't even be offering walkups this year as there are only three days (all in early May) with any availability at all.

Oh well

There are 24 persons allowed in the Core each night. 16 spots go through the lottery, the remaining 8 are for walk-ups.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/okawen/passes-permits/recreation/?cid=fsbdev3_053607

You have much better odds on a walk-up than a lottery entry.
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PostThu Apr 04, 2019 8:22 pm 
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schifferj wrote:
I took an (unsuccessful) stab at getting a Core permit at 0700 this morning. There were NO Enchantment permits available at the opening bell!

In perusing the schedule for the entire summer it would appear that they won't even be offering walkups this year as there are only three days (all in early May) with any availability at all.

Oh well

I was able to get a core permit on the 1st. There were a lot available, just not right at 7am; they popped up more around 7:05ish
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PostThu Apr 04, 2019 10:02 pm 
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bradmbaldwin wrote:
just not right at 7am; they popped up more around 7:05ish

Typical trickery!! Posting one time then adherin' to another!!! They need to be punctual!! Its of utmost importance!!

Def something fishy bout this!

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PostFri Apr 05, 2019 4:49 am 
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BigBrunyon wrote:
bradmbaldwin wrote:
just not right at 7am; they popped up more around 7:05ish

Typical trickery!! Posting one time then adherin' to another!!! They need to be punctual!! Its of utmost importance!!

Def something fishy bout this!

It’s a little tricky, on the one table they have :
“Unclaimed permits will be returned to the reservation system at 7:00 a.m. PT”

Then if you scroll down a little they have in bold :

“All unclaimed lottery awards will be returned to the advance reservation system April 1 around 7a.m. PT.”

The “around” wording is what made me sit and keep refreshing the page.
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