Originally Posted by Blind-dog
Any idea how long it takes to get one?
It is a lottery, check out GC main websites etc.
Lottery is typ in Feb for the year.
Unclaimed dates or canellations get put back into follow up lotteries which are held throughout the year.
Unclaimed or unwon dates get put into a first phone call basis once the date is within a couple few weeks.
Last winter there were multiple dates for the taking, all you had to do was call and go and be up for cooler weather.
With a few friends & being willing to not go in the middle of the summer and you should get on within a year or so.
We somehow manage to get permits every year. I personally think the lottery is great.
Really with some planning you are on pretty quick. We even won both of the lauches for one day this year.
You only have to pay for the lottery once a year, no matter how many lotteries you enter.
I applied to two back up lotteries in 2007 and won the 2nd time.
Most important is to try and go off peak season. Your odds are much, much greater.
If you want to go in July...it will be very hot, it might take you a decade to get on.
Hope this helps.