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News about the Annual Day Zero Pacific Crest Trail Kick Off, more familiarly known by its abbreviation, ADZPCTKO
Looks like a chance of showers by Sunday, so you might have a chance to try out your raingear early on! Check out the weekend forecast.

Of course, you can't rely too heavily on weather forecasts. At my home in Pasadena today, we had nearly 0.2" of "morning fog"! It really poured for awhile.
Published: Wed, 20 Apr 2005 03:00:56 GMT
The campground map now indicates with large color patches the areas designated for various groups, such as this year's thru hikers, last year's hikers, vendors, and so on.

In addition, AsABat pointed out that I didn't explain why some sites had green numbers and others were black. The legend is now on the page, but just so you know: we have the green sites reserved for three nights (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday), we reserved the black sites for Friday and Saturday nights only.
Published: Mon, 18 Apr 2005 03:25:14 GMT
In recent days we've been tending to all manner of details getting ready for the kickoff...and tracking and acknowledging your donations has slipped to the bottom of the priority list. If you made a donation recently and your name doesn't appear on the home page donor list, please accept our apologies--and our thanks. These donations make the whole party possible, and make it possible for us to concentrate on putting the thing together without worrying too much about how we're going to pay for it.
Published: Sun, 17 Apr 2005 18:53:14 GMT
I've been processing all the registrations, cancellations, changes, special requests, etc.--and the results are now posted. Start at the list of registered attendees. From there, assuming you know your last name, you can click to the list with your name on it, which now includes your campsite number. If you want to see who you'll be sharing this piece of paradise with, visit the list sorted by campsite. Caution: This page is really slow to load 'cuz I didn't have time to clean up the sloppy Excel-produced HTML. Apologies to dial-up campers.

E-mail messages with more details are going out today to all registrants.

The campground is really, really full. We've crammed up to 8 people in each site--the maximum allowed by the park rangers. Fortunately, the sites at Lake Morena are quite spacious, so you won't need to trip over your neighbor's tarp lines if you're careful. But if you're thinking about bringing some friends along who have not yet registered, please don't. We won't have a place to put 'em up. Seriously.
Published: Sun, 17 Apr 2005 18:41:42 GMT
Several events have been added to the schedule, including:

  • Meals graciously provided by members of the classes of 2003, 2004, and 2005!
  • A new event with an unpronounceable abbreviation, BOYMUIC (Bring Out Your Most Useless Item Contest). Emceed by Chuckie and judged by Yogi, Mags, the Old Gal, Warner Springs Monty, and Carl Rush, it's bound to be fun and educational.
At the bottom of the home page, you'll find links to our vendor sponsors, including some that were just added. Click the links and check out their products; these are small operations with cool ultralight gear for thru hikers, and they need your support.

We've completely rearranged the location of all the events this year, and you can see the new locations on this campground map.

That map will also point you to your campsite. By the end of this week you should receive an e-mail message from me with your site number and other important information. Stay tuned...but be patient!

Finally, of course, the registration list has been updated again. We're now up to 538 people, and the list has been broken into four parts.
Published: Wed, 13 Apr 2005 09:40:13 GMT
...and now, the ADZ 500.

Not surprisingly, the list of registered attendees has been updated with new names and all the corrected information that folks have been sending me in the past few days. And, not surprisingly, the numbers are huge.

What will you do while you're at the kickoff? The updated list and schedule of events tells you what's happening.

The page of links to PCT resources also has a few additions. At this stage, most hikers and other kickoff attendees think they have everything they need and know everything there is to know about the PCT. But check out this page, where you just might see something new.

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I've once again updated the registration list, which is up to 435 total. On the same page, I've added some new statistics: the number of campers each night (this is increasingly becoming a 4-day event, as Thursday night attendance is up 43% from last year) and the meal preferences.

I've also updated the list of donors on the home page. Greg stated it very well in a note to one donor:
All of you who so generously donate make the task of putting on this event and the worries that we all put upon ourselves, just a bit smaller not having to worry about cash flow issues.
Published: Sat, 02 Apr 2005 23:37:44 GMT
Yogi, who has never seen a long trail she didn't like, also has kind words about ADZPCTKO in Yogi's PCT Handbook, the essential PCT planning guide. You all know Yogi, right? AT '99, CDT '04, and--oh yeah--PCT twice: 2002 and again in 2003. In this excerpt on the ADZPCTKO Web site, she answers the question: Should you go to the kickoff?
Published: Fri, 01 Apr 2005 09:04:55 GMT
With three weeks to go, we now have 427 folks registered. I was hoping/dreading that we'd now be in record territory, but we're three short. Nonetheless, that's 100 more than we had on this date last year.

Last year on March 31 we stopped taking reservations for campsites, because we were nearly at capacity for the sites we had reserved. This year, we've got the entire campground--and I think we're all gonna fit.

If you haven't already, please check your own name on the registration list. Let me know if you find any errors. (Note that I haven't updated the list of donors in the past several days. Soon, I promise. In the meantime, thanks for your support.)

Published: Fri, 01 Apr 2005 08:51:16 GMT
I'm not talking about rainfall in southern California, which is nearing a historical record set nearly 120 years ago. No, I'm talking about registered attendees for ADZPCTKO.

I've updated the list of registered attendees so that it's current through March 29. At this time last year, we had 299 registered. We now have 417, 13 shy of the total preregistered last year. It's a good thing we have the whole campground!

On Sunday I sent spam, er, confirmation email to every registrant for whom I have a valid e-mail address. I've spent the last two days going through all the responses! (Yep, I read 'em all.) This would be a good time to check the registration list and be sure that the information I have for you (and for anyone else you registered) is correct. (Please: Don't send me a message saying everything is fine. Just let me know if there's a problem. Ordinarily I'd love to get chatty e-mail from each of you...but not right now!)

We'll get campsite assignments and other information out to you soon, via e-mail and with updates to the site. Stay tuned to this RSS channel for links to updated info!
Published: Wed, 30 Mar 2005 11:22:25 GMT
Here are some comments from people who attended ADZPCTKO in 2004.
Published: Sat, 26 Mar 2005 07:26:18 GMT
Quite a few folks discovered the comments/requests area of the registration form. Lots of folks expressed their gratitude for the work of the ADZPCTKO organizers, and we appreciate it.

But we get lots of requests too, such as the ones from folks who want to be in a quiet area (and the ones who want to be at party central), those who want to be near the bathroom (and those who want to be as far removed as possible), etc. We also get requests that just make us laugh. You can read some of the requests and comments here.

We'll be assigning campsites soon, and with luck, we'll be able to accommodate most of the requests, with the possible exception of the stripper pole...
Published: Sat, 26 Mar 2005 07:14:50 GMT
The list of registered attendees has been updated again; we're now up to 380. (At this time last year, we were at about 250. But registration started much later too.)

We have finally (belatedly) acknowledged our generous donors on the home page. Now that this thing has gotten completely out of control--and is becoming wickedly expensive--our donors are essential to making it happen. Thanks!!!

A few of our vendor/sponsors have already ponied up too, and you'll find their links at the bottom of the home page. These aren't megacorporations; they're all small-time operations with some innovative stuff that's ideal for thru hikers. Check 'em out. And when you see them at the kickoff, thank them for their support.
Published: Fri, 25 Mar 2005 09:52:39 GMT
ADZPCTKO has gained another unpronounceable abbreviation with the addition of an RSS feed. Subscribe to the feed and you'll be the first to know about the latest registration figures, updates to the schedule, campsite assignments, and more.
Published: Fri, 25 Mar 2005 08:06:39 GMT
Updated: Wed, 20 Apr 2005 03:43:20 GMT
The URL to provide to an RSS aggregator when subscribing to this feed: http://pct77.org/adz/rss.xml
(For more information about RSS see: What is RSS?.)

Site changes prior to the implementation of the RSS feed

3/13/2005: Attendee list updated; current total is 311. The next update will acknowledge all our terrific donors. Thanks for your patience (and your generosity!).

3/6/2005: The list of registered attendees is now here.

3/5/2005: For those who haven't discovered it yet, registration is open--and now the link appears here on the home page.

I've updated the trail angels and links pages.

I'm processing the first batch of registrations and donations. Results should appear here in the next two days. (I've been swamped at work lately and haven't kept up with this task. Thanks for your patience.)

2/8/2005: Registration begins, but no announcement is made.

2/6/2005: Photos and other reminders of the 2004 kickoff posted in the archives.