edddy hopper- was your friend's lucky call from NPS received in a pick-up lottery ran this spring? or in the yearly lottery in feb? or sometime last year for a 2011 launch?
I understand the same to be true as buckoff stated....although positivley know that they can and do, at their discretion, do a down the list call effort.
Just sucks to see 'your dates' come and go several times...the first time-original lottery ya didnt win it, the second time- pick up lottery- didnt get it either, the 3rd time- can't get the time off within the 4 weeks 'til launch.....and the darned launch goes without being used more than likely!
Just want some answers and even better....some good solutions.
I know the utahrafters and rafting_grand_canyon forums follow this stuff closely as well....and the same pondering and complaint goes on unresolved.
I wonder if the original Feb lottery winners having to pay $400 down within 48 hrs would decrease the couch and armchair rafters that win a launch of which many times will end up being canceled/unused? Seems folks would have more invested in it other than a few months of bragging rights and popularity having obtained "a Grand Launch" that will end up not coming to fruition in , obviously, quite a few cases.
I'ld even, lord help me, be willing to pay an extra $10 in yearly app/lottery fees to have a guarantee that a back up list/ phone call policy was put into place. From my info gathering/questioning- I've gathered that the back up list phone calls are NOT regular practice. Possible I'm wrong on that though.