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Last update: Saturday, April 20, 2013

From the beginning, we've striven to maintain the Kick Off as a low-key, non-commercial affair. But our mission is to serve and educate PCT hikers, and an important part of that education is knowing what equipment to take along. So we've allowed a small, carefully selected group of manufacturers to participate each year. Many of them are thru hikers themselves, and all of them have created innovative gear that is uniquely suited to long-distance hiking. You won't find this gear at the big chains.

Packs, Shelters, Clothing, and Accessories

Gossamer Gear

Backpacks, Shelters, Sleeping Pads, Trekking Poles, Accessories Interviews with Grant Sible and Glen Van Peski

Hyperlite Mountain Gear

Ultralight Backpacks, Shelters, Tarps & Equipment - Cuben Fiber Gear

Keen Footwear


LightHeart Gear

Ultra-Light Backpacking Tents

Moonbow Gear

Custom packs, tarps, and more

Six Moon Designs

Packs, Tents, Tarps, NetTents, Raingear


Ultralight Shelters

ULA Equipment

Packs: Catalyst, AirX, Camino, Epic, Circuit, Ohm 2.0, CDT; Sleeping Bag; Rain Kilt


Hexamid Tents and Tarps, Backpacks, Sleeping Bags and Quilts, Accessories





Be sure to check their bear canister purchase program for PCT thru hikers

Dirty Girl Gaiters

Dirty Girl Gaiters keep the debris out of your shoes with style and sass


Ultralight backpacking gear by LiteTrail: 3oz Ti Cook System, Nylobarrier OP bags, G-Line/H-Line dyneema cordage and PossumDown gloves


Camera holder for your trekking pole Interview with Rod Java

Trail Designs

Stoves, Cookware, and Cooking Accessories

Books, Maps, and Videos

One Pan Wonders

Eat well in the wilderness with books by Dicentra

Squatch Films

PCT Walk Film quadrilogy, Sidetrails episodes, Flip Flop Flippin' and the just-released Flip Flop Flippin' 2

Tuolumne Press

A Thru-Hiker's Heart by "No Way" Ray Echols

Wizards of the PCT

Yogi's Pacific Crest Trail Handbook

2013-14 edition: Mileage matches Halfmile's maps. On-trail section uses perforated pages.


Adventure 16

Full service backpacking retailer for any last-minute needs



BackCountry Horsemen


Bureau of Land Management

BLM manages 15.2 million acres of public lands in California - nearly 15% of the state's land area.


Laguna Mountain Volunteer Association

Volunteers providing quality recreation experiences and educating visitors to the Descanso District of the Cleveland National Forest

Pacific Crest Trail Association


United States Forest Service


United States Postal Service