Schutzie is now confused.
The issue was "camp jumping" by evil, dirty, motorized COMMERCIAL trips who swamped innocent, nature loving oar powered private groups as they raced by to grab the only camp left in the canyon.
The answer is clear; do away with first come first served camps, assign them at the time the permit is issued, and hold everyone to them, NO EXCEPTIONS!! By GOD the rangers better find you where you were assigned to be on the day you were supposed to be there. Violations would start with stiff fines and escalate to permit cancelations (Your permit is canceled; start climbing. You must be out of the canyon by midnight) and equipment confiscation (we're confiscating your boats and equipment, except for the groover; please take it with you when you climb out).
I think the Gates and Yampa now use assigned camps; other government managed rivers as well, and I'm sure all conflict has been eliminated as a result. There is no conflict among boaters on those rivers and we can all thank the government handlers for that. The alternative anarchy of the Grand Canyon experience is all the proof required that the government must regulate our recreation if we are to have a true "wilderness" experience.
Or, we can all recognize that permits issued for 14 days, or 18 days, or whatever are in fact a "strong recommendation" I.E; once you leave Lees Ferry no one cares much when you pull out, provided there are no complaints and no calls for search parties.
Perhaps a better strategy would be to push for more launch dates with shorter duration, recognizing that a 9 day trip will in reality be a 14 day trip. And then, once the park service notes that homesteaders have established gardens at mile 88, we can deal with the permitted VS actual duration issue.
By then probably some wit will have figured out a motorized oar thingy, capable of enough speed and power that wake boarding in Lava is a possibility, and we can debate that injustice as well.