What’s going on at PCT DAYS ?!

PCT DAYS opens to the public on Friday, August 17th at 2pm and ends on Sunday, August 19th at 11am.  No early-birds to the main event area, but the camping areas open at 9am on Friday and close at 11am  on Sunday. Everyone (thru-hikers included) must pay to camp, no BYOB or alcohol permitted on Thunder Island, and no glass is allowed at the event.  Please review the FAQ page for more info.

Check out and get great deals on the latest outdoor products from the PCT DAYS exhibiting sponsors at the gear expo.  Whether you are looking for tents, clothing, backpacks, camp stoves, etc…it’s all going to be here!  Don’t miss the gear raffle on Saturday, where you can win a lot of great products, ranging from tents to backpacks to clothing and it’s always a fun event to be a part of.  All revenue from the raffle ticket sales go to the non-profit organizations: The Pacific Crest Trail Association & The American Long Distance Hiking Association-West.

Great local food & beverage vendors will be on-site and please avoid bringing anything in glass or bottled water, (please bring refillable bottles, potable water is onsite and free!)  Once at the event, you won’t need to get into your car since a grocery store and options for food and beverage at onsite and at restaurants in Cascade Locks, all within a 10 minute walk!

Just show up to the event, it’s free to attend, (overnight camping for a fee.)

Select the tabs to see the schedule from PCT DAYS 2017, which will be updated as we plan the event for 2018.

2pm – 8 pm:  Event Attendee Arrival / Gear Expo.
Get a sneak peek at some of the exhibiting sponsor’s products as they setup the gear expo and stake your claim on your camp spot.  Register to camp here.   If camp space is still available on the event dates, you can pay at the gate to Thunder Island or at the PCT DAYS info booth.  Payment for camping on the days of the event are cash only.

4 – 5 pm:  PCT Class of 1972 Roundtable Discussion / Q&A.
Head to the front of the stage area to meet early trail legends Dave Odell, Toby Heaton, and Debbie Otten to hear their perspective of the early days on the PCT with stories of struggle and near disaster.

5 – 7 pm:  PCT DAYS Welcome Party!
Kick off the festival with the PCTA and ALDHA-WEST at the stage area to get PCT DAYS started with a bang! Connect with friends old and new and enjoy happy hour snacks and games hosted by the PCTA in a fun, festive atmosphere. You can also enjoy delicious food & beverages offered from the local beer, wine and food vendors! ALDHA-WEST will be hosting games such as “Who Wants to be a Thru-Hiker?!” and the crowd-favorite “Hiker Olympics” along with trivia of our favorite trail, the PCT. The winner gets $20 in raffle tickets (10 tickets) and all participants get $10 in raffle tickets (5 tickets.)

7 – 8 pm: Live music with Barbara Nesbitt.
Award-Winning Texas Singer/Songwriter Barbara Nesbitt’s sound is the culmination of her deft hand as a lyricist, gorgeous vocals, lauded guitar work, and unique worldview that still manages to be accessible to everyone who’s ever left home only to find it. She has also worked with some of the finest musicians in Texas and across the country, from her current band with Tim Flannery and The Lunatic Fringe to Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keene, Lisa Loeb, Hootie & The Blowfish, Meredith Brooks, Nickel Creek, Jerry Garcia Band, Keller Williams, Widespread Panic, and Bob Weir. For more info, visit: See www.barbaranesbitt.com for tour dates.

8-10 pm: TBA!.

8 am – 8:45 am: Eric Skye – Acoustic Jazz Guitar Performance.
Kick start your morning by getting a cup of Triple Crown Coffee and breakfast while listening to jazz guitar master Eric Skye. Often billed as an acoustic jazz guitarist, Eric Skye actually occupies an unique niche between Americana, jazz, and blues. It’s an original style, threaded together with a healthy respect for the groove, and a love of unadulterated acoustic tone. Eric Skye has performed live on morning television for NBC and FOX, has been featured on National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and performed on many live radio broadcasts all over the United States. Skye has been featured in magazines such as Guitar Player, Fretboard Journal, Premier Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar World, Jazziz, Jazz Improv, 20th Century Guitar, Acoustic (UK), Akustik Gitarree (Germany), The Guitar Note, The Guitar Bench, and was on the cover of Acoustic Guitar in China. Don’t miss this special set! For more info on Eric, visit: http://www.ericskye.com

8 – 11 am: Clean with Science!
Drop off your clothes, jackets, sleeping bags at The Renewal Workshop booth by 11am on Saturday August 19 to get get cleaned!  Products will be washed using Liquid C02 in their waterless cleaning machine, just down the street at their Renewal Factory. Products will be available for pick up by 3pm on that same day. https://renewalworkshop.com/en/home

9 am – 6 pm: PCT DAYS Gear Expo & Sale.
Check out the latest and greatest products from our sponsors at the largest outdoor gear expo in the Pacific Northwest! If you want to learn about backpacks, tents, hiking poles, shoes, clothing, stoves, water purification systems, etc…..it’s all going to be here!

9 – 9:30 am: Headline Sponsor Featured Activity by USFS. “Wildlife Olympics”
Can you jump as high as a hare? Join the US Forest Service for an exciting game of animal Olympics to see how you stack up compared to local wildlife. Prizes for participants!

9:45 – 10:15 am:  Headline Sponsor Featured Activity by Woolpower. “Woolpower Plunge.”
Things are heating up with the Woolpower Plunge! Reps will go through a short product info session and pick two volunteers out of the crowd. Each contestant will answer trivia questions about Woolpower. Both contestants then take a dip in the ice pool, but the winner of the trivia gets to wear Woolpower directly after the plunge, while the loser gets to wear off-brand thermals. May the best man or woman win!

10:30 – 11 am: Headline Sponsor Featured Activity by Sierra Designs. “Fastest Tent in the West.”
Think you’ve got the chops to be named the fastest tent in the west? Sierra Designs will be hosting a tent-pitching contest. Fastest tent assembled wins the grand prize that is sure to help you get #MilesFromOrdinary. Rules are simple. Show up at our booth at 10:30 on Saturday to get your name in the bracket. Winner stays on.

11:15 – 11:45 am:  Headline Sponsor Featured Activity by Sea to Summit. “GEAR FISHING with Sea to Summit.”
What’s better than reeling in a big fish? How about reeling in some SWEEEEET Sea to Summit gear! That’s right folks, we’re talking “GEAR FISHING”. Anglers will take turns casting a line into our make-shift lake (aka Kiddie Pool) in hopes of hooking into a variety of prizes. Don’t let the big one get away!

12 pm – 1 pm: Backpacker Magazine’s Get Out More Tour Presentation.
Don’t miss Backpacker’s Get Out More all star ambassador Randy Propster for an engaging 60-minute seminar full of trail tested tips, regional trip advice and outdoor gear!

1:15 – 1:45 pm:  Headline Sponsor Featured Activity by Big Agnes. “The Big Agnes Sleeping Pad Inflation Contest.”
Let’s see who has camping skills to pay the bills or at least get a sweet prize for taking home the crown! This contest is a sight to be seen, especially with the new Pumphouse Ultra pad pump to get the job done. The first 16 people to sign up the morning of will be entered into heats of 4 with the winner advancing on to the next round. We’ll work on way down to two finalists and see who will take home bragging rights! All who enter will get a little Big Agnes love prize-wise, and the winner will take home the best of all…a brand new sleeping pad!!

2 – 2:30 pm:  Headline Sponsor Featured Activity by Vasque – “Vasque’s Trust on the Trail Trivia, How well do you know the PCT?”
Now is your opportunity to test your trail knowledge and enter to win a pair Vasque hiking boots that have earned their trust on the trail with thru-hikers for over 50 years! During the 30 minute trivia, Vasque will be giving away 6 pairs of boots!

2:45 – 3:15 pm:  Headline Sponsor Featured Activity by Gregory. “Pack the Pack Competition.”
Test your backpack packin’ skills and win epic Gregory prizes, including brand new backpacks and awesome thru hiking swag. Compete against your fellow backpackers in our pack the pack contest, where you race against the clock to unload and repack our new lightweight backpacks. We’ll award prizes for best times and most creative style.

3:30 – 4 pm: Headline Sponsor Featured Activity by Osprey. “What’s In Your Pack Scavenger Hunt Game.”
Grab your backpack filled with gear and head to the Osprey Packs booth for our What’s In Your Pack Scavenger Hunt Game. A volunteer will draw cards depicting random trail, household, and personal items. Awesome prizes such as Osprey packs and accessories will be awarded to the first person that can produce that item.

4:15 – 4:45 pm:  Headline Sponsor Featured Activity by Granite Gear. “Trash Talkin’ & Surprises.”
Come to the Granite Gear booth, talk trash with some Grounds Keepers and join us for some surprise games … or in other words, lots of chances to win some gear. We just ask that you get a Trail Name Sticker at least 1 hour before the event.
*Plus, Granite Gear will host an Instagram event! Follow @GraniteGear and tag us in a photo on trail or at PCTDays while packing out trash, then come to GG Booth during the PCT Days to receive a prize while supplies last. Prizes will include: Hiker Wallets, Trail Mugs, and more!

5 – 5:30 pm:  Headline Sponsor Featured Activity by Next Adventure. “Ask A Thru-Hiker!”
Join Next Adventure and some thru-hiking alums for a question driven conversation with lots of tips and adventures. Bring your questions and quandaries, hang out with some good people, and walk away with the thru-hiker perspective.

6 – 7 pm:  The PCT DAYS Gear Raffle.
There will be a LOT of great products to win and lot’s of laughs as Scott “Squatch” Herriott and the PCT DAYS Event Director, Jason “Nabor J” Waicunas MC the activity. Raffle tickets are $2.00 each and will be available at the PCT DAYS Info Booth on Saturday. All proceeds from raffle ticket sales go to the Pacific Crest Trail Association and the American Long Distance Hiking Association-West.

7 – 8:30 pm:  Dinner Break.

8:30 – 10 pm: Live music with Aan.
Don’t miss the Portland-based band “Aan” who will be performing a set of amazing music. Aan is a fearless experimental pop band from Portland, Oregon mixing heavily textured guitars with rich vocal harmonies. For a sneak peek, visit this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cs1MicgV_jU. And for more tracks / info, go here: https://weareaan.bandcamp.com/

7 – 9 am: 2017 Thru-Hiker Breakfast, presented by ALDHA-WEST. FREE!
FREE coffee and food for current-year PCT hikers, get fed and hit the trail!

7 – 9 am: Just as on Saturday, Breakfast will be available to everyone from our food and beverage vendors.

9am – 12 pm: Event Site Breakdown.
All sponsor booths and attendee tents must be taken down.  Please practice Leave No Trace and be sure to clean up your camp area by disposing waste in the proper receptacles.

1 pm:  PCT DAYS is over! The event site needs to be free of “all things PCT DAYS.”
Thank you for attending the event and please join us next year!