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Help Feed a Hungry Hiker

Putting on an event like ADZPCTKO isn't free. Unless you're a 2013 PCT thru hiker, we'll gladly accept your donation to cover some of the costs. Ready to pay up? Click here to skip the drivel and jump right to the payment options!

Q. So how much does this cost?

The "budget" (as if we were organized enough to have a budget) for this year's event is more than $16,000. That covers the camping fees at Lake Morena, food and drinks, table rentals, some transportation and water costs for water stashing, and miscellaneous expenses. ADZPCTKO is put on entirely by volunteers.

Q. How much should I donate?

Don't let us hold you back; go crazy. But if you want a suggestion, how about this: $25 each for yourself and others in your party, plus another $15 to sponsor a freeloading 2013 hiker.

Q. Why do 2013 PCT hikers get a break?

No contributions will be accepted from you fortunate ones who aspire to hike the PCT this year. This event is for you. You have enough things to worry about and costs to cover in order to accomplish this incredible journey. We want to do this for you to lighten the tension of starting out, kill a lot of those damn butterflies, and share with you just a bit of the magic and wonder that we have experienced. Please take no offense by this refusal. There is none meant. Please allow us this little weird thing we demand. There are no other rules or demands to the ADZPCTKO. We think you will find this a very comfortable, low key, fun thing. Please consider coming to the ADZPCTKO next year, contributing to cover yours and perhaps other's expenses and sharing your most recent experiences of your 2013 hike with those that aspire to thru-hike in 2014. We are pleased to put this on and look forward to meeting you and all of the class of 2013.

Q. What if you collect more in donations than you spend?

First, of course, we'll try to find more ways to spend money. Anything left over will be used to purchase badly needed items requested by Lake Morena County Park rangers and/or donated to the Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA).

Q. Other than cash donations, how can I help?

How about donating a prize for the gear contest or silent auction? We also appreciate the help of volunteers for various tasks throughout the weekend. We'll have more information about volunteer opportunities on the website soon; at the event, check with the volunteer coordinator in the registration area (site 1).

Q. Is this tax deductible?

We are a 501c3 charitable organization. The part of your donation over $25 (the fair market value of event attendance) may be tax deductible. (Remember, however: we are hikers, not tax advisers.)


Q. How do I donate?

Thought you'd never ask. We have two easy ways to pay:

  • Pay online through PayPal. If you don't have a PayPal account, not to worry. You can use Visa or MasterCard. Just click the button below.

    (PayPal payments go to the account of Carl "Kelty Kid" Siechert.)

  • If you prefer to write a check, please mail your donation (payable to ADZPCTKO) to:
    Carl Siechert
    Dept. ADZPCTKO
    396 W Washington Blvd #500
    Pasadena CA 91103-2002

By making a donation of $100 or more, you join this elite list:

Jesse Baldwin

Beth Boyst

Deems Burton

Jennifer Callaway

Mladen Dingel

Lon "Halfmile" Cooper

Jim Eagleton

Mike Fajer

Thomas Figueroa

Sean Frisbee

Stephen Gillan

George Greer

Michael Hawley

Denise Hill

Bill Jensen

Christine Kudija

Denise Kurtz

Rodger Lopez

Rory Lynagh-Shannon

Magic Man

Barney "Scout" and Sandy "Frodo" Mann

Larry Mann

Dana Mayfield

Marty McCormick

Paul Milosch

Kathi Muto-Brownell

Cheri Nielsen

John Ross

Ritchey Ruff

James Shannon

Carl Siechert

Amanda Silvestri

Craig Smedley

John Sousa

Allan Starr

Jeff Stephenson

Colin Stryker

Switchback the Trail Pirate

Steven "Lone Wolf Expedition" Taylor

Douglas Tow

Maureen Wallace

We're also supported by these vendors (and awesome folks) who have cool products you should check out:

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Big Sky International

Teresa "Dicentra" Black (One Pan Wonders)

Dirty Girl Gaiters

Gossamer Gear

Scott "Squatch" Herriott (Squatch Films)

Paul Hoffman (AquaGuard)

Hyperlite Mountain Gear

Rodney "Sierra Shade" Java (StickPic)

Lightheart Gear

Jonathan McCue (Moonbow Gear)

Jackie "Yogi" McDonnell (Yogi's Guide Books)

Chris McMaster (ULA Equipment)

Ron "Fallingwater" Moak (Six Moon Designs)

Shane "Jester" O'Donnell (Wizards of the PCT)

Alice "Stone Dancer" Tulloch (Tuolumne Press)

Joseph Valesko (Zpacks)

Jhaura Wachsman (LiteTrail)

Lee Zandbergen (Trail Designs)


Thank you!!