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Every year on the last weekend in April, the Annual Day Zero Pacific Crest Trail Kickoff (affectionately known as the ADZPCTKO) is held in Lake Morena County Park, which lies right on the PCT just 20 miles north of the Mexican border. This year's kickoff was held on the weekend of April 22-24. The ADZPCTKO was started in 1999 as a way for past hikers to give something back to the through-hiking community. Its mission is simple - provide inspiration, information, and moral support for the new class of through-hikers each year. The event has grown from about 30 attendees in 1999, to over 550 at this year's kickoff. Backpacking Light staffer, Don Wilson, reports on gear trends and new gear from this year's kickoff.


  • Introduction
  • Gear Notes
    • LuxuryLite
    • Gossamer Gear
    • Six Moon Designs
  • Gear Trends Among PCT Hikers
  • PCT Section Hike

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