Got your permit and are letting it cure before you get serious about going? Good. Let it stay until you are really really sure you are going. You can cancel up to 2-days in advance. Since only the leader and alternate have to be named, you can substitute the others as the summer wears on.
If you login to Recreation.gov and print your permit you will be unable to cancel it, make any changes, or receive a refund.
Things happen. If some in your party bails out, you can get their $8 back…but only if you have not printed the permit out. I can understand why. If a “bad person” prints it out, they could give copies to others. The odds of both getting by the ranger are low, but if the ranger is not there and he/she later meets you on the trail and asks for your permit…..he/she is not going to crank up the iPad to confirm…..they will ask to see your permit. If two parties have the same number – wham. Up to $5,000 fine.
May is here…time to begin your training. Hills. Hills. Then do them again.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Desperado, oh, you ain’t gettin’ no younger – your pain and your hunger, they’re drivin’ you home. And freedom, oh freedom well, that’s just some people talkin’. Your prison is walking through this world all alone.” – The Eagles
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