Re: Critique my plan to obtain a permit
- Gail raises an interesting point that I've thought about but never found the answer to:
When the wilderness office processes applications, I know that they put the applications in random order. However, how exactly do they process the applications after they are in random order?
(A) Go through all applicants first choice and grant permits if quotas are available. Then for those who didn't get their first choice, go through all applicants second choice and grant permits if available. Then for those who didn't get their first or second choices, go through all applicants third choice and grant permits if available.
(B) Go through permit applications one by one. If an applicant's first choice is available, grant the permit. If choice #1 is full, move to the second choice and grant permit if available. If #1 and #2 are both full, move to the third choice and grant permit if available.
If the process is (A) then I would say that it makes more sense to request the highest quota trailhead first which would be HI>>LYV since requesting HI>>Pass Through would be competing for a much smaller number of quota spaces. If the process is (B) then I would request HI>>Pass Through as the first choice and HI>>LYV as the second choice since the ranger would just move on to the second choice on my application immediately if the first choice isn't available rather than moving on to the next applicant's first choice before ever considering my second choice.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Gail" <forgetwho@...> wrote:
> With regard to #1 - I asked for HI-LYV as my first choice, HI-pass through as my second choice, and GP-LYV as my third choice. I did that because if you look at the Trailhead Information Page (http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/trailheads.htm), it gives the number of daily reservable permits for HI-LYV as 18 while HI-pass through has only 6. I reasoned that for both of those options they would probably reach their quota for the day just filling first choices and would never get to second choices - so my chances would be better asking for HI-LYV as a first choice because there were more slots for that than for HI-pass through.
> For whatever reason, I got my HI-LYV first choice the first time I faxed. This may have been because of the above strategy or because I was asking for a weekday and/or that I am traveling solo. Or it may have been dumb luck...
> --- In email@example.com, "Matt" <masonmj84@> wrote:
> > Am thinking about doing a JMT hike in 2014. My start date may be somewhat inflexible (right now, looking at Tuesday, July 22).
> > Anyway, here's my proposed strategy:
> > 1. 24 weeks in advance, fax in requests for my three top choices (1. HI-pass through, 2. HI-LYV, 3. GP-LYV)
> > 2. In the likely event that I don't get any of those, fax in a request the next day for the same (or, perhaps, one day earlier) start date, but for three less popular options (as of now, that would be: 1. HI-Illiouette, 2. GP-Illiouiette, 3. Mono Meadow-Illiouette).
> > 3. Judging from the Yosemite website, I should be able to at least get one of the three less popular options, all of which require a first night at Illiouette (for example, as of today, the web site shows that vast majority of July 2013 dates are still available for all of these options).
> > 4. Upon arrival at Yosemite, I'll have to decide whether to try for a walk-up at for one of the three most popular options or to just stick with whatever I have. Assuming I plan to start hiking on Tuesday, July 22, that would mean showing up at the YV wilderness office very very early AM on Monday, July 21, correct?