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2012 Schedule of Events

Last update: Monday, March 04, 2013

Time Event Location
THURSDAY
2:00 pm Registration tent opens; check-in begins Site 1
7:00 Who Wants to Be a Thru-Hiker? Pavilion
8:00 Trailside Readings Pavilion
FRIDAY
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

Check out the goods from purveyors of lightweight gear uniquely suited to long-distance hiking, authors of PCT-related books, and more.

Field west of site 14
8:00 Trail Maintenance Project Meet in site 8
9:00 Panel Discussion: Desert Hiking Techniques Pavilion
10:00-2:00 Post Office open

USPS will send your bounce box up the trail and your excess gear home.

Site 13
10:30 One Pan Wonders with Dicentra

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

Pavilion
12:00 Yoga on the Trail Pavilion
1:30 Avoiding Overuse Injuries Pavilion
2:30 Switchback's Superlight Gear and Backpacking Secrets Seminar Site 22
3:00 Flora and Fauna of the PCT Pavilion
4:30 PCT Water and Snow Report

Meadow Ed (aka Manyon) and AsABat update you on current conditions of trailside water (liquid and frozen).

Pavilion
5:30 Dinner: Burritos

 

Site 14
6:30 Bears, Food, and Fire Safety

Representatives of public lands agencies (USFS, NPS, and BLM) explain the hazards, the rules, and the ways to ensure the safety of you, the lands, and its natural inhabitants.

Pavilion
7:30 Strider's Welcome Site 15
8:00 Trailside Readings Site 15
8:30 PCT Video Shorts Festival Site 15
10:00 ALL-CAMP QUIET HOURS

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

Everywhere!
SATURDAY
6:00 am Rides to the Border In front of the Pavilion
7:00 Breakfast: Bagels Site 14
7:30 Trail maintenance project Meet in site 8
7:30-12:00 Gear contest submissions

Have you come up with some ideas that lighten your load or increase your comfort on the trail? Register for the gear contest.

Site 1
7:30-4:30 Vendor tables open Field west of site 14
9:00 Mountaineering Skills

Mountaineering veterans Ned Tibbets and Ken Murray explain how to travel safely over snow, ice, and rock.

Pavilion
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
10:00-12:00 Shave Off

Get your hair cut for the trail and donate your mop to Locks of Love, an organization that makes hairpieces for children with medical hair loss.

Site 22
10:00-2:00 Post Office open

USPS will send your bounce box up the trail and your excess gear home.

Site 13
12:00 Silent Auction winning bids announced Site 14
12:00 The PCT Across a Lifetime Pavilion
1:30 PCT Water and Snow Report

Encore presentation; see Friday at 4:30.

Pavilion
2:30 Gear Contest Site 14
3:30 Pika Research Project Pavilion
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: Burgers Site 14
6:30 Bears, Food, and Fire Safety

Encore performance; see Friday at 6:30

Pavilion
7:15 PCTA Presentation Site 15
7:35 Trailside Reading Site 15
7:45 Class of 2011 Photo DVD Presentation Site 15
9:00 Six Million Steps: A Journey Inward Site 15
10:00 ALL-CAMP QUIET HOURS

Rest up for an early start on Sunday.

Everywhere!
SUNDAY
6:00 Rides to the Border In front of the Pavilion
6:00 Sunday Sendoff Breakfast Site 14
8:00 Trail Maintenance Project Meet in site 8
  Hikers, hit the trail!  
THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND
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.

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
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.

 
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