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Schedule of Events

Friday, April 26

Fast hikers and party-hearty types arrive by foot, by car, by horse, and by parachute.

Saturday, April 27

Hikers straggle in from the border throughout the day.

3:00

Bear canister revue and packing demonstration. Tom "The Rogue" Reynolds will show the latest in overpriced, overweight bear canisters. He will then demonstrate how to grind your food into a fine powder and compress it in such a way that you can get enough food to hike from Kennedy Meadows to VVR and still have 2 pounds of pulverized food left over to put in your drift box.

4:00

Bear canister unpacking demonstration. Mad Monte Dodge, the famous 1977 PCTer who has the strength and intelligence approaching that of a park-trained bear, will attempt to extract the food from a Tom Reynolds Wrapped bear canister. He'll be wearing bear-like mitts and perhaps bear-like fangs. We'll learn once and for all if a bear canister with a Snickers bar inside can withstand the assault of a large hungry omnivore.

4:30

Let's eat. If Monte is successful, we'll feast on the food powder packed by Tom. If not, we'll have grubs, worms, berries, and . . . what? Burgers?

5:30

2nd Annual Great Pacific Long Distance Hiking Gear and Invention Revue (AGPLDHG&IR). Hikers past, present, and future will showcase their inventiveness, versatility, and desperation. See new ways to achieve lighter packs and more comfort along the trail. A panel of celebrity judges - who are subject to pressure from the French skating federation - will award prizes for the best stuff.

7:00

Water in the desert, snow in the mountains. While we're tanking up on beer, wine, and soda, some extraordinary trail angels - better known as water stashers - will describe the water situation in southern California. If you get too parched just thinking about it, don't fret: the discussion will also include updates on mountain snow conditions.