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2013 Schedule Summary

Presentation coordinator Scott "Shroomer" Williams has a jam-packed lineup for you. Says Shroomer: "There is a lot of stuff going on all weekend. With 700+ folks, we can only get a portion in the Pavilion at any one time so we've scheduled repeats of the most important presentations: Water and Snow Report; Trail Conditions Report; and Bears, Lions, and Rattlers. Others are one-time shows and no one will get to see them all. There's other stuff going on elsewhere, so you'll have to decide which one you really want to see for any that overlap. We've really got a richness of program and we think any hiker who wants to learn something and have fun doing it will go away from this weekend saying, 'Wow! What a great bunch of stuff!' Food, films, classes, encounter groups, other hikers, and more food, films etc. etc."

Last update: Saturday, April 20, 2013

Time Event Location
THURSDAY
4:00 pm Registration tent opens; check-in begins Site 1
6:30-8:00 “Full Moon Yoga” led by Becky Cohen

Sunset on the Lawn followed by Yoga under the Moon.

Site 15
8:00 "Flip Flop Flippin 2"

Scott "Squatch" Herriott screens his newest trail film, the second in his series on the Appalachian Trail. You think we've got bugs out West? You ain't seen nothing till you've seen tick nits in action!

Pavilion
FRIDAY
6:00 am Rides to the Border

Each morning, hikers gather to catch a ride to the border for a 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

PCTA organized trail work. Join in the fun and accomplishment of bettering the trail we all love.

Meet in site 8
8:00-4:00 Wolverines of the PCT Shakedown Shack

The Wolverines are the Trail Angels to the Trail Angels. They’re experienced long distance hikers who will look at your gear up close and personal. If you’ll let them, they’ll “explode your pack” and give you real pointers for lessening the load. They’re open all day for drop in help and advice.

Field west of site 14
9:00 Yoga by the Lake

Led by Wendy Johnston of "Healing Through Yoga and Long Distance Hiking"

Beyond the Rock
9:00 Trail Conditions Report

What you can expect out there. Jack Haskel and Nitro of the PCTA give an overview of this year’s trail conditions, surprises and difficulties.

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 Desert Hiking Techniques

Shane “Jester” O’Donnell will lead you through the water starved southern portions of the trail and help you with techniques and strategies to make it possible and fun

Pavilion
12:00 Getting Over Overuse Injuries, a New Way to Walk

Tom “Bigfoot” Holz was nearly crippled with overuse injuries on his AT hike and finished only with the help of massive doses of Ibuprofen. For the PCT he learned a new way of walking and finished the trail pain free. He’s here to share how he did it

Pavilion
1:30 Water and Snow Report

Meadow Ed and HalfMile update you on what to expect from the streams, trickles and snowpack over the first half of the trail. This is a must for all desert hikers.

Pavilion
2:30 Switchback’s Secrets of Ultra Light Backpacking

Switchback the Trail Pirate shares his backpacking secrets, and a “hiker box” of excess gear, with all comers.

Site 22
3:00
Journaling on the Trail

If your first thought when you hear the term Moleskine is "blister remedy," then you haven't seen the outstanding work of Kolby Kirk, aka Condor. He'll explain his creative and artistic journaling process.

Pavilion
4:00 Mountain Safety and Snow Travel

Ned Tibbets of Mountain Education shares his knowledge of safety in the mountains and basic snow travel. If you have questions, Ned is open for drop in all day Friday and Saturday.

 
4:30 Photo and Video on the PCT

Join with a panel of long hike artists, including Scott “Squatch” Herriott, Shane “Jester” O’Donnell, and Miguel “VirGo” Aguilar as they discuss the art of digitally capturing the beauty and the craziness of a summer on trail.

Pavilion
5:30 Dinner: Burritos Site 14
6:30 Bears, Lions, Rattlesnakes, Ticks and Fire

Yosemite Wildlife Biologist Ryan Leahy and Jon Erikson, Desolation Wilderness Manager, share their knowledge of dangerous creatures in the wild and proper use of fire and stoves.

Pavilion
7:30 Strider's Welcome and Tribute to AsABat Site 15
8:00 PCT Trailside Reader

Liz Bergeron will read Walkin' Jim Stoltz's "Out on the Crest Trail"
Russell Mease will read his story "Facing My Fears on Three-Fingered Jack"

Site 15
8:30 PCT Short Film 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, Coffee, and More Site 14
7:30-4:30 Vendor tables open Field west of site 14
8:00 Trail maintenance project Meet in site 8
8:00-4:00 Wolverines of the PCT Shakedown Shack

See Friday's description.

Field west of site 14
9:00 Yoga by the Lake

Led by Wendy Johnston of "Healing Through Yoga and Long Distance Hiking"

Beyond the Rock
9:00 Water and Snow Report

Encore performance; see Friday at 1:30

Pavilion
9:30 Vector Born Infectious Disease on the PCT

Kathryn “Cherry Bomb” Ely talks about ticks and Lyme Disease on the PCT.

Site 22
10:00-11:30 Silent Auction

Lots of wonderful donated thru hiker gear just for the asking, and the asking again and then again. Keep those bids up! Proceeds go to pay for the ADZPCTKO.

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

If you’ve purchased new Ultra Light gear, just mail the old stuff home right from the KO.

Site 13
10:30 One Pan Wonders

Bored with mac and cheese? Based on her popular books, Dicentra leads you through a culinary wonderland of backpacking cookery that reaches beyond the tired usuals of trail sustenance.

Pavilion
11:00 Mountain Safety and Snow Travel

Encore performance; see Friday at 4:00.

 
12:00 Silent Auction winning bids announced Site 14
12:00 Trail Conditions Report

Encore performance; see Friday at 9:00.

Pavilion
1:30 PCT Heritage, Dream to Reality, the Story of the PCT Relay

PCT historian Barney “Scout” Mann takes us on a journey which began with an idea and a map but became reality when 40 teams of YMCA teens relay hiked that route from 1935 to 1938. The result was the PCT we have today. Scout will be joined by 90-year-old Marcus Moschetto, one of the original YMCA Relay Hikers from 1938, as they join forces to tell the tale. This is history in the making. Don’t miss it!

Pavilion
2:30 Gear Contest

Scott “Squatch” Herriot and Shane “Jester” O’Donnell join with the wackos and the brilliant, and the brilliant wackos, at the annual gear contest. See what’s coming to your local outfitter soon, or ---- maybe not.

Site 14
3:00 Geology of the PCT

From the sandstone creations in SoCal and the ice carved, granite temples of the Sierra, to the mountains of fire in the Cascades, Greg “Strider” Hummel and Paul Hacker tell the geological history of the PCT. If you want an idea of what you’ll be hiking in, and how it got there, don’t miss this one.

Pavilion
3:00 Women Trekkers Gathering

It began with an impromptu meeting of hiking women last year at the Rock, but is a scheduled event now. If you want to meet some of the prior women thru hikers and gain from their wisdom and kindness, join Ravensong and others for the start of this year’s Thru Hiking Season with a women’s gathering at the Rock.

The Rock
4:00 Group Photos

Class of 2013, this is your time to be seen! You may not know them now, but you will look back at this group photo and pick out the dear friends you are about to meet and share a summer of adventure with. These are your people!

The Rock
5:30 Dinner: Burgerama Site 14
6:30 Bears, Lions, Rattlesnakes, Ticks and Fire

Encore performance; see Friday at 6:30

Pavilion
7:30 PCTA Presentation Site 15
7:45 PCT Trailside Reader

Ryan Forsythe will read his story "Sometimes They Come Back"

Site 15
8:00 Class of 2012 Video 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
8:00-11:00
Camp Cleanup

Trail Magic begins for many at Lake Morena and the ADZPCTKO, and it's also the first chance to give back to the Angels who put it on. Before catching your ride to the Border or hitch up trail, set out on a trash walk of your campsite and the closest five sites to your own and bring the junk and recyclables to site 15. There you can join in the fun in dismantling the food and registration tents and packing the trailer! With enough overlap on cleanup detail, we'll have the whole place presentable so as to ensure a yearly return invitation from our hosts at the Lake Morena County Park. Jump in, do your bit, and hit trail knowing you have a part in the magic that will follow you all the way to Canada!

Everywhere!
  Hikers, hit the trail!  
THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND
Vendor Exhibits

See the latest ultralight gear from vendors including Dirty Girl Gaiters, 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.

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