ADZPCTKO 2014 will be held April 25-26 at Lake Morena County Park.
The ADZPCTKO organization has again reserved the entire park, so you can't book a campsite through the park reservation system. Instead, you make your reservation on this site when registration opens in March. All campsites are shared; we fill each site to the maximum capacity allowed by the park (8 campers).
This year, registration for different groups of people begins on different days, starting with 2014 thru hikers; registration for 2014 thru hikers only begins on March 3. Check the registration page for details. Check back here periodically for more details, or follow us on Twitter (@adzpctko).
Registration is now open to 2014 thru hikers only. For the rest of you, your time will come, so hang tight.
Who should attend ADZPCTKO?
Our focus has always been on Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers, and the weekend events are designed primarily for these intrepid hikers. If you:
- Are attempting to thru-hike the PCT in 2014, you can get needed permits and we offer seminars, up-to-date information on trail conditions, last-minute equipment checks, an opportunity to get to know your fellow hikers, and plenty of inspiration and guidance from those who've gone before.
- Are planning a thru-hike attempt in the next few years, you can see (and buy) state of the art equipment from vendors who specialize in ultralight gear for long-distance hikes, learn more about the trail experience and the beautiful country that the PCT traverses, and join the trail community.
- Have completed a substantial portion of a thru hike, you can reconnect with others you hiked with, and share your pictures, your knowledge, your joys, and your harrowing experiences with a new generation of hikers.
If you're not in one of these categories, ADZPCTKO is probably not for you. Although we'd love to throw it open to anyone and everyone who has a passing interest in the PCT, we no longer have the space to do that. Come on back when you're ready for your thru hike!
What's New for 2014?
- Free azblaster for every thru hiker and anyone else who wants an LNT alternative to toilet paper. Reduce unsightly trash, reduce fire risk (I know some of you still burn your TP!), and improve sanitation. Courtesy of 2013 thru hiker Steve "Blast" Halteman.
- Our efforts to "go green" have expanded. By eliminating single-serving beverage bottles, we'll greatly reduce our waste. We also plan to eliminate the use of disposable cups and ask folks to bring their own cups/mugs/bottles or other beverage vessels. More details to come.
- New competition categories in the PCT Short Film Festival. Submit your entry by April 12, so you can see it on the big Tyvek screen at ADZPCTKO!
- New vendors include Clikstand and High Sierra Attitude. In addition, you'll see new equipment and inventions from DIY gearheads and up-and-coming vendors.
- If you're hiking the PCT this year--or you want to know who is--check out the 2014 Pacific Crest Trail Registry, maintained by Yogi's Books. Add your own name here.
- Do you have the next great idea for long distance hiking gear/clothing/gadgets? Are you looking for a venue to display/sell your products to the hiking community? If so, we invite you to apply to be part of the first annual New Gear Exhibit at the 2014 ADZPCTKO. We have two easy requirements: (1) Your products must be useful to current PCT hikers. (2) You must get along with others (you'll be sharing vendor space with other entrepreneurs). If this sounds like you, shoot Jackie "Yogi" McDonnell (ADZPCTKO Vendor Coordinator) an email ASAP and describe what you'd like to exhibit/sell. Application deadline is Saturday, March 8.
- Get your video ready for the PCT Short Film Festival. Submit your entry by April 12.
- And soon...register to attend Kick Off. Registration for 2014 thru hikers only will open beginning March 3. Registration for those who want to stay in a cabin will open beginning March 10. Registration for past PCT thru hikers will open beginning March 14. Registration for everyone else will open March 20.
- Need a ride to/from Kick Off? Check our Ride Board.
R.I.P. Captain Bivy
Paul Freiman, ADZPCTKO organizer and rockstar in the San Diego hiking community, went for a hike last fall and never came back. We miss him terribly.