I would like to believe that more people would actually hike the JMT S. to N. if it wasn't nearly impossible to start at Whitney.
About the only way to do it simply either way would be to not stay a night on the Whitney trail.
You would have to go from Guitar Lake to the Portal or the other way to Guitar in one day. There is a separate and higher daily quota for hikers doing this.
On the down side, you can not reserve this type of day pass until the lottery is over.
You can however get a pass any where else that ends at the portal 6 months in advance that takes away from the earlier day pass quota. It seems confusing, because by doing this, you can almost guarantee a Whitney finish.
There must be a catch to this, but after reading everything about it, it only ends up contradicting the day pass and making it easier to stay over night.
If any one could shed some light on this, (not a link, I've read everything), I would like to know.
When I hike the JMT in 2007, according to the rules of passage on Whitney, I can start at Bubbs Creek at the end of Hwy 180, (I’ll reserve my pass 6 months in advance). I can then spend as much time as I want acclimatizing on Whitney as I want to , (doing most of it at Meyson Lake), and can then switch my pack out and start the JMT.
Because I am not finishing at Whiney, according to the rules, I can include Whitney in my trip, and it says nothing about the length of stay, (only that Whitney is included).
This big mess about Whitney is just another reason people go N. to S.
Reserved Whitney passes this year also have to be picked up by 12:00 pm the day before you start.