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PostSat Jun 13, 2020 1:46 pm 
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Cyclopath wrote:
Big Beaver boat camps are popular, good swimming.† A friend did the Little to Big Beaver loop a few years ago and said there were almost no people in the camps up the valleys.† He said it's so empty some of the valley camps deeper in don't require permits.† (Really?)

Yeah I know the boat camps are popular. I was talking about the ones up the valley.  I have been up the Big Beaver and Little Beaver valleys a few times and never had any company.  They definitely do require permits, so your friend is wrong about that.

I'm not going to worry about it too much.  I'm guessing Dixon was trying to get more popular spots.
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PostSat Jun 13, 2020 3:59 pm 
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I donít think youíll have much trouble with any particular valleys.   Everyone wants the alpine, Sahale or Copper Ridge it seems.
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PostSat Jun 13, 2020 7:23 pm 
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Right, if you have the time to take an extra day off that'd be great but some people have limited time or short notice for time off.

They save what, 40% of the permits for walk ups? I'm just saying to save 20% of them for actual day of walk up to be fair.
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PostThu Jun 18, 2020 10:47 am 
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Turning away people who want a permit just to save it for some unknown person who might or might not show up the next day is the opposite of fair.

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PostThu Jun 18, 2020 2:41 pm 
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You can't be soft with these guys. You gotta just go in there and boldly make demands! Threaten to go anyways!!! Make a scene, double down!!! They'll cave.

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PostThu Jun 18, 2020 3:30 pm 
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You can't be soft with these guys. You gotta just go in there and boldly make demands! Threaten to go anyways!!! Make a scene, double down!!! They'll cave.

I've tried this and it WORKS
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PostThu Jun 18, 2020 3:32 pm 
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BigBrunyon wrote:
You can't be soft with these guys. You gotta just go in there and boldly make demands! Threaten to go anyways!!! Make a scene, double down!!! They'll cave.

I told them if they didn't give me a permit for Sahale camp, I would unleash every bear in the park!

I didn't tell them the bears were already off leash.

But I got my permit.
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PostThu Jun 18, 2020 6:48 pm 
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That's what I'm talkin' about!

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PostThu Jun 18, 2020 10:22 pm 
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Park rangers, who are public servants, love it when you do this.

In all seriousness, I think being flexible is key. I got a one-night day-of permit at like 4pm (lol) with a buddy for copper ridge back in 2018. We had to hike a 27-mile second day and it was the only site left on the loop, but it can be done! Others in the thread seem to think it's gotten harder to do this over the past couple years though so...
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PostThu Jun 18, 2020 11:15 pm 
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BigBrunyon wrote:
That's what I'm talkin' about!

Also you don't need a permit if you have a bear costume.
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