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2011 Schedule of Events

Last update: Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Time Event Location
2:00 pm Registration tent opens; check-in begins Site 1
7:00 pm Who Wants to Be a Thru-Hiker?

With your host, Freefall Philbin

8:00 pm Six Million Steps: A Journey Inward Site 15
6:00 am Rides to the Border

Each morning, hikers gather to catch a ride to the border for a (usually) pleasant one-day hike back to Lake Morena.

In front of the Pavilion
7:30-4:30 Vendor tables open Field west of site 14
8:00 Trail Maintenance Project

SCA trail crews coordinated by PCTA maintain the trail we love...and they love to have help from others.

Site 8
9:00 Geology of the PCT

1977 thru hikers and professional geologists Strider and Hacker explain what you're standing on.

10:30 One Pan Wonders with Dicentra

One Pan Wonders author Dicentra serves up some good ideas about food and nutrition on the PCT.

11:30 Wellness on the Trail with Meadow Mary Site 55
11:45 Avoiding Overuse Injuries Pavilion
  Lunch on your own  
12:30 Panel Discussion: Desert Hiking Techniques Pavilion
1:30 Trail Olympics Pavilion
2:30 Switchback's SuperSecrets of Backpacking Seminar Site 22
3:00 The Sierra High Route and Other California PCT Alternatives Pavilion
4:30 PCT Water and Snow Report

Meadow Ed (aka Manyon) and AsABat provide an update of current conditions for water (drinking and frozen)

5:30 Dinner: Burritos


Site 15
6:30 Bears, Food, and Fires Safety

Rangers from USFS explain the rules and the reasons behind them.

7:30 Strider's Welcome Site 15
8:00 ADZPCTKO Video Shorts Festival Site 15

Hikers need their sleep. If you can't sleep, go to the Youth Area--quietly.

6:00 am Rides to the Border In front of the Pavilion
7:00 Dat's Bagel Breakfast  
7:30 Gear Contest Submissions  
7:30-4:30 Vendor tables open  
8:00 Trail Maintenance Project

SCA trail crews coordinated by PCTA maintain the trail we love...and they love to have help from others.

Site 8
9:00 Mountaineering Skills

Ken Murray and Ned "Mtnned" Tibbits (Mountain Education) explain how to travel safely

10:00-11:30 Silent Auction

Cool gear and PCT memorabilia on sale, with proceeds going to support ADZPCTKO. Bidding closes at 11:30.

Site 14
10:00-2:00 Post Office open

USPS will be on hand with a mobile post office so you can mail your bounce boxes up the trail and mail your unneeded gear home.

Site 13
11:00 2nd Annual Locks of Love Shave Off

Free haircut--and your hair goes to a good cause: Locks of Love

Site 22
12:00 Silent Auction winning bids announced Site 14
  Lunch on your own  
12:15 Forum Presentation: Evolution of Gear

Joe "Samurai Joe" Valesko (Z-Packs), Glen Van Peski (Gossamer Gear), Ralph Drollinger (Adventure 16), and Wayne Gregory (Gregory Backpacks)

1:30 PCT Water and Snow Report

Encore presentation; see Friday at 4:30.

2:30 Gear Contest Site 14
4:00 Group Photos

We'll start by trying to cram everyone in, and then go back through the years until no thru hikers are left standing.

Lake Morena boulders
5:00 Dinner: Burgerama Site 15
6:30 Bears, Food, and Fire Safety

Encore presentation; see Friday at 6:30.

7:00 Gear Contest winners announced Site 15
7:30 PCTA Presentation Site 15
7:45 Class of 2010 Photo DVD Presentation Site 15
9:00 Wizards of the PCT by Jester Site 15

Rest up for an early start on Sunday.

6:00 Rides to the Border In front of the Pavilion
6:00 Quick Breakfast Site 15
Vendor Exhibits

See the latest ultralight gear from vendors including Six Moon Designs and ULA.

Be informed and entertained by those who've gone before and created guidebooks, maps, and DVDs.

Vendors will be at their displays from about 7:30 to 4:30 Friday and Saturday.

In the field west of site 14

Informational Displays

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

An aspiring thru hiker was knocked down last year by Lyme Disease. She'll be there to explain the dangers and avoidance techniques.

In the field west of site 14
PCTA Store

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

In the field west of site 14

Pirate's Roost

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.

In addition, Tom Figueroa of Kennedy Meadows will offer Internet access.

Site 22
PCT Bandana

The tradition continues: Gottago and the Class of 2002 have created a new PCT bandana. It's free for this year's thru hikers and section hikers, and only five bucks for others.

Site 1
ADZPCTKO T-shirts for sale Site 1
Hiker Box

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.

Site 22
Information Board

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

  • At the registration desk (Site 1)
  • By the restrooms