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Last update: Monday, March 04, 2013

From the beginning, we've striven to maintain the Kick Off as a low-key, non-commercial affair. But our mission is to serve and educate PCT hikers, and an important part of that education is knowing what equipment to take along. So we've allowed a small, carefully selected group of manufacturers to participate each year. Many of them are thru hikers themselves, and all of them have created innovative gear that is uniquely suited to long-distance hiking. You won't find this gear at the big chains.

Packs, Shelters, Clothing, and Accessories

Gossamer Gear

Backpacks, Shelters, Sleeping Pads, Trekking Poles, Accessories. Interviews with Grant Sible and Glen Van Peski

LightHeart Gear

Ultra-Light Backpacking Tents

Moonbow Gear

Packs, Tarps, Custom Gear

Six Moon Designs

Packs, Tents, Tarps, NetTents, Bivy, Raingear


Ultralight Shelters

ULA Equipment

Packs: Catalyst, Camino, Epic, Circuit, Ohm, CDT; Rain Wrap


Hexamid Tents and Tarps, Backpacks, Accessories



Bear-resistant food canisters


Camera holder for your trekking pole. Interview with Rod Java

Trail Designs

Stoves, Cookware, and Cooking Accessories

Books, Maps, and Videos


One Pan Wonders

Six Million Steps

Six Million Steps: An Inward Journey documentary film


PCT 'Walk' Film quadrilogy, Sidetrails episodes, and his newest masterpiece: Flip Flop Flippin': One Man's Search for Characters on the A.T.

Tuolumne Press

A Thru-Hiker's Heart by "No Way" Ray Echols

Wizards of the PCT

DVD from Jester


Adventure 16

Full service backpacking retailer for any last-minute needs

Other Sponsors

Big Sky International


Diana's Mexican Food Products

Luxury Lite

Mountain Education

Outdoor training courses in snow travel and mountaineering skills


Front pack

Yogi's Guide Books

PCT Handbook, CDT Handbook, Postcards, Bandanas, Resupply Lists