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Changes to this Web Site During the Leadup to ADZPCTKO 8

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News about the Annual Day Zero Pacific Crest Trail Kick Off, more familiarly known by its abbreviation, ADZPCTKO
Final registration numbers, names, and sites are posted.

We've also made some minor changes to the schedule of events, including this: Starman has added a Saturday night stargazing session in case it's cloudy (or worse) on Friday.

See you in a few days!
Published: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 09:28:12 GMT
The gear contests (we have three of 'em) have fabulous prizes, but none will look as good on your mantel as the trophy given to the person with the most useless item. Check it out.
Published: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 09:23:48 GMT
To keep occupied in the waning days before the kickoff, check out these new additions to the Web site:

  • The schedule of events now includes a few pictures from last year.
  • A new page provides information about meals at the kickoff and about nearby restaurants.
  • The bandana page now includes a picture of Gottago, the primary benefactor behind this terrific gift to kickoff attendees and 2006 thru hikers.
  • The organizers' mug shots have been updated with a new (actually older) picture of Freefall and a new picture of the organizers doing what they do best.
Published: Mon, 24 Apr 2006 00:54:14 GMT
I've modified the campground map to highlight the location of the Class of 1977 encampment in site 58. Appropriately, the highlight color is gray.

In addition to the geezers in 58, a few of us from 1977 will be in the ADZPCTKO organizers area, specifically, sites 14 and 16.
Published: Sun, 23 Apr 2006 22:14:12 GMT
I've added a new page to the Web site that provides information about the meals available at the kickoff. In addition, the page includes the Teutonic Knight's up-to-the-minute report on nearby dining establishments, plus a list of other restaurants gleaned from an on-line directory.
Published: Sun, 23 Apr 2006 22:00:13 GMT
Early Friday morning, notifications went to everyone who has registered. Some folks made corrections to the information I had; those corrections have now been made on the Web site. We've also had a handful of cancellations (thanks for letting us know!), which has allowed us to find a spot for everyone who was on the waiting list! We now have a total of 618 folks registered, and over 500 staying in the campground on Friday and Saturday nights.
Published: Sun, 23 Apr 2006 00:19:48 GMT
We've divvied up the campground and managed to find space for everyone who registered by last Sunday. (We have a waiting list for folks who registered since then.)

E-mail notifications will be going out to everyone soon, but if you can't wait:

  1. Go to the list of registered attendees and click the link for the first letter of your last name (on the left side of the page).
  2. Find your name in the list; to the right you'll find your site number.
  3. If you want to see who else is sharing this piece of paradise, click the Up link to return to the registration summary. Then click the appropriate site number link.
  4. And if you want to see just where that patch of grass lies, go to the campground map.
Published: Thu, 20 Apr 2006 07:05:15 GMT
2005 hiker Dat Nguyen (aka the Mayor of Burnout) has once again arranged the donation of a heap of bagels and breads from Noah's Bagels, which he'll bring to the kickoff Friday morning. Drop by site 15 Friday morning for a bite.

Thanks Mr. Mayor!
Published: Wed, 19 Apr 2006 15:40:22 GMT
...will be posted tonight. I've read all the requests and tried to juggle all the conflicts; keep everyone together who wants to be together; balance the number of people, vehicles, RVs, and trailers in each site; accommodate the early and late arrivals; group the classes together; and maintain my sanity. I think I've accomplished most of those, and after a final review tonight, I'll send an e-mail to each registrant with your site number plus a whole bunch of other stuff you'll want to know. The kickoff is just over a week away! Woohoo!
Published: Wed, 19 Apr 2006 15:31:53 GMT
Registrations have now exceeded last year's record numbers in every category except "PCT groupies." With nearly 600 registered, we're closing registration; the campground is full!

The good news is that we'll actually have slightly fewer people in the campground. That's because the notorious Class of 2003 has accepted exile in the cabins, where their late night drum sessions will reverberate until their heads explode...while the rest of us snooze peacefully in the campground! :-)

If you want to come to the kickoff and you haven't yet registered...we look forward to seeing you next year. (I will be maintaining a wait list in case we have cancellations. Go ahead and fill out the registration form, but I can't guarantee a space. Priority goes to 2006 thru hikers.)
Published: Sun, 16 Apr 2006 23:55:17 GMT
We've added another new event this year: On Friday night (the night after the new moon, so it'll be good and dark), Starman (PCT 2001) will point out wonders of the night sky.

You'll find details on the events page, along with descriptions of the numerous other seminars, meals, slide presentations, and contests that presentation coordinator Freefall has lined up. In addition, the page lists some of the other activities going on throughout the weekend, including vendor displays, tent-stake painting, ranger chats, mailing services, and much more. It's going to be a busy time; if you were planning on relaxing, you've come to the wrong event.
Published: Wed, 12 Apr 2006 06:15:30 GMT
At the risk of scaring everyone off, I've posted pictures of the organizers.

These folks have put in lots of time over the past several months, and are looking forward to seeing you at the kickoff. Be sure to say hello when you see 'em.
Published: Wed, 12 Apr 2006 06:08:27 GMT
You'll find lots of new stuff on the ADZPCTKO Web site this week.
  • Most importantly, you'll find a comprehensive schedule of events. As you can see, presentation coordinator Freefall has been busy.
  • I've added a few new links to the PCT Links page. So that you don't have to guess, the new ones are identified with a little "new" icon.
  • Get a preview of the new PCT bandana, a gift to this year's hikers from the Class of 2002, led by Gottago, Cupcake, and Yogi. It looks so cool that I also posted a smaller image on the home page.
  • Learn about our three gear contests here.
  • There continues to be disagreement about how to pronounce "ADZPCTKO." Check out the latest suggestion.
I've got lots more to add to the site, but the kickoff is fewer than three weeks away...and I still have to dole out all the campsites. Yikes!
Published: Mon, 10 Apr 2006 01:23:10 GMT
Those of you who've registered in the last two weeks have waited patiently for your names to appear in the registration list. (Well, most of you have waited patiently.) The list is once again up to date. We now have over 500 folks registered.

Confirmation e-mails will go out to you this weekend.

Published: Sun, 09 Apr 2006 02:08:01 GMT
Last night I sent an e-mail message to everyone who has registered to attend this year's kickoff, confirming your registration information. If you think you registered but didn't receive the message, let me know: send a message to carl at pct77.org. In the next few weeks, I'll be sending out additional messages with your campsite number and other good stuff.
Published: Thu, 30 Mar 2006 07:30:23 GMT
Today I added a couple of resources to the PCT Links page.
  • The Tahquitz Inn offers a warm 'n' cozy place to stay in Idyllwild, and proprietor Bob Sargent has a soft spot for PCT hikers.
  • Bob Molen of Big Sky International will be showing off some innovative new tents and other gear at the kickoff, but if you can't wait, check out his Web site.
Both these guys have generously supported the kickoff as well as helping hikers directly; we hope you'll consider reciprocating by sending some business their way.
Published: Thu, 30 Mar 2006 07:17:10 GMT
That's right, we now have over 300 (CCCVI to be exact) folks registered.
Published: Sun, 12 Mar 2006 02:05:41 GMT
As I've mentioned before, the list of registered attendees contains a link (marked by a wacky symbol) to the trail journal or other Web site of all registered attendees who provide an URL during registration.

But now there's something new: a page with links to the trail journals of 2006 thru hikers who are registered for ADZPCTKO. At the moment, it includes only those 2006 thru hikers with journals who've registered for the kickoff. But spread the word: if other 2006 hikers want to be included in the list, I'll be happy to add 'em.
Published: Sun, 12 Mar 2006 02:03:56 GMT
Yep, that's one of the suggestions of how to pronounce "ADZPCTKO." Read about it here.
Published: Sun, 12 Mar 2006 00:09:40 GMT
Like many public parks, Lake Morena County Park feels the budget squeeze each year. Because of the park's importance to our event and to PCT hikers, we (the ADZPCTKO organizers) like to show our appreciation by setting aside some funds each year to buy items on the park rangers' wish list. (And sure, it helps to keep them happy so they're a little more tolerant of our shenanigans.) More information.
Published: Sat, 11 Mar 2006 23:27:51 GMT
Have you noticed the weird symbol () to the left of some names in the list of registered attendees? This year, for the first time, as part of the registration process, we request the address of each registrant's trail journal or other Web page. This wacky symbol is a link to that person's Web page. Check it out!
Published: Sat, 11 Mar 2006 23:19:32 GMT
No, I'm asking: how do you pronounce this wacky mouthful of letters? Read what others say, and let us know if you've got a better idea.
Published: Tue, 28 Feb 2006 09:04:40 GMT
204 to be precise. I've posted the names and other pertinent info on the Registered Attendees page.

One bit of information that doesn't appear there yet: your campsite number. We'll begin assigning sites soon; right now, I'm busy reading all your requests and trying to figure out how to accomodate each one!

Published: Tue, 28 Feb 2006 09:01:04 GMT
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  • Published: Tue, 28 Feb 2006 08:55:54 GMT
    Tonight I processed and posted the first batch of registrations...those that came in since registration began last weekend.

    To see who has signed up, from any page on the Web site, click the "ADZPCTKO 2006" link near the top of the page. Then click the "Who's Registered" link on the left side.

    We added a new feature to the registration page this year: links to trail journals. (If you registered before Sunday evening, the registration form didn't have a place to enter your journal URL. If you have one and would like us to link to it, shoot me the URL via e-mail to carl@pct77.org.)

    Published: Thu, 23 Feb 2006 03:56:34 GMT
    You'll find lots of updates on the ADZPCTKO Web site, but the one you've probably been hankering to see is the registration page.

    You can poke around the Web site to see some of the other changes, which are numerous at this point. As we update pages -- by nailing down the schedule of events, for example -- we'll let you know through this RSS feed, so stay tuned!

    Published: Sun, 19 Feb 2006 21:07:04 GMT
    Updated: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 09:29:05 GMT
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