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Last update: Saturday, March 07, 2009

Our presentation coordinator, Freefall (PCT 2003), has arranged a full schedule of training seminars, entertainment, meals, and contests. Items in green are making their first ADZPCTKO appearance in 2006.

Friday

 

Pavilion

Outside (Site 15 except as noted)

6:00

Rides to the Border

If you need a ride or you can offer a ride to the border or Mt. Laguna, meet in front of the Pavilion.
 
7:45   Trail Maintenance Project
Join Pete Fish and the PCT Trail Gorillas to help maintain the trail we love. This year, they'll be working Lake Morena trail north to Hook's Bridge. Meet at the PCTA trailer in site 8.
9:00   Bagel Breakfast
2005 hiker Dat Nguyen, the Mayor of Burnout, has again arranged to bring a truckload of bagels and breads from Noah's Bagels (and possibly donuts from Krispy Kreme). Sleep in, and then stroll over to site 15 for a leisurely nosh.
10:00

Geology of the PCT

On the PCT you walk upon a section of the earth that offers one of the most classic "cross-sections" of geology of just about anywhere else on earth. From tectonic plates to accreted terranes and strike-slip faults, come get a brief introduction to the complex history that will fall beneath your feet on your incredible adventure through space and time! Greg "Strider" Hummel and Paul Hacker lead this informative and humorous presentation.

 

11:00

Flora and Fauna of the PCT

Jackie "Cedar" Zinger, Jason "Cookie Monster" Jimenez, and Christine "Ceanothus" Kudija have a passion for wildflowers along the PCT. Come and learn more about the plant and animal life that populates the deserts, forests, and mountains of the PCT.

12:00

Mountain Lion Awareness and Safety

In this presentation by UC Davis's Wildlife Health Center, Winston Vickers presents research findings from their Southern California Mountain Lion Project, including information that impacts human safety while recreating in and around the PCT.

 

1:00

PCT Water, Snow, and Trail Conditions Report

A Kick Off tradition! Meadow Ed provides critical water and snow information to PCT thru hikers.

2:00

How to Use an Ice Axe

Kurt Wedburg from Sierra Mountaineering International shows the basics of using an ice-axe for your hike.

 

3:00

Useless Gear Contest

The second annual display of items that you should not bring along! You'll be entertained, and after you see what other folks find in their packs, you won't feel so dopey about some of the items you carry. And best of all, the winner takes home this coveted trophy!
5:00

PCT Panel Discussion (5:15)

Planning a Future PCT Hike? Grab your grub and then head over to the Pavilion to pick the brains of former PCT thru-hikers and get all your questions answered. 2006 procrastinators welcome! PCT veteran Gary "Radar" Wright will lead this freewheeling discussion for members of the classes of 2007, 2008,...

Dinner provided by the Class of 2004

6:30

Bears, Food, and Fire Safety

USFS Wilderness Manager Rob Mason and Tori Seher of Yosemite NP will talk about protecting bears by protecting your food from them! They'll also discuss fire regulations that affect PCT thru hikers.

 

7:30

 

  • Welcome from Greg "Strider" Hummel

  • Weathercarrot's world famous 2004 PCT photo DVD

  • Resouled, a 2002 film by John Oldford

8:30

Locating Stars in the Night Sky

Starman (PCT 2001) will meet stargazers in the Pavilion for an orientation before heading out into the darkness to hunt constellations that can be seen only on the PCT (and everywhere else in the northern hemisphere). There'll be no moon this night, so there should be plenty of stars for everybody.
10:00 QUIET! No drums, no music, no drunken camaraderie. Some folks are trying to sleep!

Saturday

 

Pavilion

Outside (Site 15 except as noted)

6:00

Rides to the Border

If you need a ride or you can offer a ride to the border or Mt. Laguna, meet in front of the Pavilion.
 
7:00 Pancake Breakfast provided by the Class of 2003
7:30   Trail Maintenance Project
See Friday's description. This will be a short workday so you can get back to enjoy the festivities.
8:00   Gear Contest submissions
If you've brought some innovative backpacking gear, whether it's a homemade item, a store-bought item put to a unique use, or crazy invention, show it to your fellow hikers. Seek out Jason "Squeak" Cramer to enter the contest.
9:00 Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop
We want you to have a great time on the PCT, but we also want the next people who hike to have a great time too. Leave No Trace trainer Connie "Lookout" Davis will explain Leave No Trace principles that you can use to reduce your impact on the land. Using photos from last year's hike, she'll show real LNT dilemmas encountered on the trail and offer low-impact solutions.
G-FORCE Pack Contest
G-FORCE (Gear FOR Cruising Effortlessly) was established in 2002 by Glen Van Peski and Read Miller to evaluate each contestant's complete system -- everything they carry -- for efficiency, usefulness, durability, and appropriateness to the task of thru-hiking.
This year, we have a new panel of judges -- past G-FORCE winners Warner Springs Monty, Carl Rush, and Billy Goat. They'll inspect (and probably weigh) every item in contestants' packs and evaluate its place in the overall system, seeking to find the best Gear FOR Cruising Effortlessly.
10:00

Geology of the PCT

Repeat performance. See Friday's description.

Silent Auction begins (Site 14)

Gear Contest Presentations

Prizes will be given for the truly creative, innovative, and ridiculous. For inspiration, you can see descriptions and pictures of the winners from 2001, 2002, and 2003.
11:00

Flora and Fauna of the PCT

Repeat performance. See Friday's description.

 

12:00

PCT Thru-Hiking and Basic Mountaineering Skills

You will have to deal with snow on your thru hike. Are you ready for postholing, suncups, crampons and ice axes, frozen boots, and icy climbs and descents? Join Ned Tibbets as he provides information on getting through the snow on the PCT.

 

1:00

PCT Water, Snow, and Trail Conditions Report

Repeat performance. See Friday's description.

 

2:00

PCT History

Wondering how this all came about? Who were the first champions that shouldered the weight of putting this thin line in the dirt? Greg "Strider" Hummel and Sven Thesen talk about the humble beginnings, the trials, the trails, the dirt, the money, the land and how it still is on-going today.

Switchback's Superlight Gear and Backpacking Secrets Seminar (Pirate's Roost, Site 43)

Trail Pirate, Ruffian, and PCT-L Scalawag Switchback will lead and informal discussion about gear and technique. His Super Secrets of backpacking provide lots of easy ways to lighten your load, save time, and enjoy your hike more.
3:00

Thru-Hiker First Aid and Sun Protection

Chris "Freefall" Sanderson and Kate Thesen will share their wisdom and expertise in this all-important forum.
Silent Auction Winning Bids Announced

Gear Contest Winners Announced

4:00   Group Photos
5:00

Dinner provided by ADZPCTKO

6:30

Bears, Food, and Fire Safety

Repeat performance. See Friday's description.

 

7:00   S'mores and Hot Chocolate provided by the Class of 2005 (Site 55)
7:30

 

  • Remarks from PCTA Executive Director Liz Bergeron and Trail Operations Director Mike Dawson

  • 2005 PCT photo DVD

  • Still Walking, a 2005 film by Scott "Squatch" Herriott

8:30

Locating Stars in the Night Sky

If Friday's session gets rained/clouded out, Starman will meet stargazers in the Pavilion for an orientation before heading out into the darkness to hunt constellations that can be seen only on the PCT (and everywhere else in the northern hemisphere). There'll be no moon this night, so there should be plenty of stars for everybody.
     
10:00 QUIET! No drums, no music, no drunken camaraderie. Some folks are trying to sleep!

Sunday

5:00 Early Breakfast provided by ADZPCTKO
If you want an early start, we'll feed you first. But don't worry; you don't need to be here at the crack o' dawn. We'll continue serving until about 7:30-8:00.
6:00

Rides to the Border

If you need a ride or you can offer a ride to the border or Mt. Laguna, meet in front of the Pavilion.
7:45 Trail Maintenance Project
See Friday's description.

Every Day

Vendor Exhibits (sites 17, 22, 23, and 24)

See the latest ultralight gear from vendors including Gossamer Gear, ULA, Big Sky International, Tarptent, Bearvault, Six Moon Designs, Pak-Lite, PCT Handbook, and Walk. In addition, outdoor retailer Adventure 16 will bring a selection of items you may have forgotten and will take orders for anything else you need--and deliver it to you the next day! A representative of Leki will also be on hand to inspect, repair, and tune up your trekking poles (for 2006 thru hikers only).

Informational Displays (site 18)

  • Representatives of the US Forest Service (from Sierra NF) and National Park Service (from Yosemite) will be on hand to answer your questions about food storage requirements, fire regulations, permits, and so on.

  • The Southwest Conservation Corps will be on hand to offer jobs to section hikers and thru hikers when they get off the trail, providing a way to readjust to normal life by making money, camping out, and working on trails throughout the Southwest.

Post Office (site 20)

James Nee came up with the great idea of having an on-site post office and, better yet, volunteered to operate it! You'll be able to send resupply packages up the trail and send unneeded stuff home. James will have a postal scale, Priority Rate boxes, and other packing materials; he'll apply postage and take your packages to the post office for mailing.

PCTA Store (site 19)

Support the PCTA and get the guidebooks, maps, and PCT logo gear you need at the PCTA store.

Pirate's Roost (site 43)

The inimitable Switchback will paint your tent stakes with fluorescent paint so you won't lose 'em, weigh your gear, and offer his patented SuperSecrets of Backpacking.

2600-Mile Club Register (site 43)

PCT historian Bill "Teutonic Knight" Jennings and Meadow Ed keep tabs on hikers.

More Stuff to Buy (site 13)

Get your official ADZPCTKO T-shirt at the registration booth in site 13.

Get Free Stuff (site 42)

Get your PCT bandana, a gift from the class of 2002.

And Get Worthless Stuff (site 18)

Check out the hiker box in site 18. Paw through other hikers' discards and find some great treasures. Get rid of the junk you found in your pack after the first 20 miles.


For latebreaking news and answers to common questions, check the Information Board, this year in three convenient locations to serve you!

  • At the first fork in the road (near site 18)
  • Where the trail from the south enters the campground (near site 33)
  • In the midst of this year's hikers (near site 72)

Still need help? Track down an ADZPCTKO organizer--one of the folks wearing the cool ADZ caps.