What’s going on at PCT DAYS ?!

PCT DAYS opens to the public on Friday, August 18th at 2pm and ends on Sunday, August 20th at 11am.  No early-birds on Friday, everyone (thru-hikers included) must register and pay to camp, no is alcohol permitted on Thunder Island, and no glass is permitted at the event.

Check out 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 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 2016 PCT DAYS schedule, the one for 2017 will be available in June, 2017.

* PCT DAYS ATTENDEES:  Please plan to arrive to the Marine Park after 2pm on Friday, no early birds before then or on Thursday!  (Work Party participants and event staff volunteers are allowed to arrive at 8am on Friday.)

8am – 8 pm:  Sponsor Arrival / Booth Setup

2pm – 8 pm:  Event Attendee Arrival / Campsite Check-In / 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.

10 am – 4 pm:  PCT Work Party
Did you know the PCT is maintained by volunteers?  Great for beginners, this work party will focus on erosion repair and brush-clearing on the PCT near Cascade Locks.  Get dirty and give back to the trail!  Limited space available so sign up soon! Contact Roberta Cobb, rcobb@pcta.org.

6 – 8:30 pm:  PCT DAYS Welcome Party!
Kick off the festival with the PCTA and ALDHA-WEST in the food & beer garden / 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. And like in previous years, don’t be surprised if there’s a dance party!

9 am – 6 pm: PCT DAYS Gear Expo.
Check out the latest and greatest products from our sponsors at the largest gear fair 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! (Some sponsors will have products for sale and a select few will be making gear repairs for PCT thru-hikers.)

9 – 9:30 am: Headline Sponsor Featured Activity by Gear Junkie. “GearJunkie Gear Raffle – 40+ Winners, $1,000+ Worth Of Prizes.”
Introducing a free raffle for true Gear Junkies. We’ll be giving away 40+ prizes, ranging from SPOT devices to hiking shoes, water bottles, Buff’s, rain jackets, and more. Grab a raffle ticket for showing up and earn bonus tickets by answering trivia questions related to GearJunkie.com.

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 Big Agnes. “Sleeping Bag Races”
Remember when you were a kid and how fun potato sack races were? Even if you don’t you’ll remember your first sleeping bag race! The first 16 people to sign up for the race are in…win or lose everyone will get a prize. 4 races of 4 people will result in winners advancing to the semi-finals where the top two advance to the finals. Then a winner take all in the finals. Along with these shenanigans there will be plenty of schwag thrown out to the crowd. Also, Big Agnes will be doing onsite gear repair at their booth!

11:15 – 11:45 am:  Headline Sponsor Featured Activity by ZEROGRAM. “Tarp in a Flash”
As out door enthusiast, setting up of shelter shouldn’t take more than a flash. See how fast you can set up and tear down a shelter using ZEROGRAM Tarp and trekking poles. The fastest person wins one of the following items: Pathfinder Cuben Shelter, Tuolumne UL Sleeping Bag, Vapur Water Bottle.
Also, ZEROGRAM will host an Instagram event! Follow ZEROGRAM and share your photos on the trail with #zerogram then come to ZEROGRAM Booth during the PCT Days to receive a gift while supplies last. Gifts will include: Tritan Spork 100 100 pcs, Stuff Sack 100 pcs, Sorry Earth T-Shirts 50 pcs, ZEROGRAM Trucker Cap 30 pcs.

12 pm – 1 pm: Backpacker Magazine’s Get Out More Tour Presentation and The Early Bird Gear Raffle:
As a warm up to the main raffle later in the day, there will be a LOT of great products to win during Backpacker Magazine’s Presentation and the Early Bird Raffle. Every 10 minutes of the presentation, we will raffle off a gear donated by our sponsors! Each person that arrives to PCT DAYS between 9am-11am receives 1 free raffle ticket for the Early Bird Raffle, (available at the PCT DAYS Info Booth.)

1:15 – 1:45 pm:  Headline Sponsor Featured Activity – Osprey Packs. “What’s In Your Pack Scavenger Hunt.”
We will have a pack full of cards showing random items that one might find on their person or in their pack. A volunteer from the crowd (or one of our staff) will draw cards out of the pack and the first person to produce that item will win a prize.

2 – 2:30 pm:  Headline Sponsor Featured Activity – Grand Trunk. “Speed-Dunka-Trunka.”
Where hammock stuffing meets aerobics, the ultimate challenge of speed and precision. We know you have the will but do you have the skill? Winners get the goods.

2:45 – 3:15 pm:  Headline Sponsor Featured Activity – United States Forest Service. “Who in the Wild am I?”
Our featured activity on Saturday afternoon will be called “Who in the wild am I?” Join the USFS for a forest wildlife-focused activity in which participants will have to move around and ask others yes/no questions to deduce what kind of animal they are with additional rounds requiring them to think about predator vs prey interactions and some other animal-related topics. Winning participants will receive prizes!

3:30 – 4 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! (TBD).

4:15 – 4:45 pm:  Headline Sponsor Featured Activity by Granite Gear. “Trash Talkin’ Trivia with The Packing it Out Crew.”
Come to the GG Booth, answer a couple o’ trivia questions, and get an award winning Granite Gear bag! Trail Name Sticker required to play. Get your Trail Name Sticker any time 1 hour before the event at the GG booth.

5 – 5:30 pm:  Headline Sponsor Featured Activity by Next Adventure. “Spin to Win.”
You know ’em, you love ’em…Next Adventure…one of our favorite local outdoor retail shops! Stop by their booth to spin the wheel, everyone gets a prize!

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 starting on Friday at 2pm until the raffle is hosted. It’s not uncommon for people to buy as many as 30 tickets, so be sure to bring plenty of cash to increase your chance to win! 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:  PCT DAYS 10th Anniversary Event Party!
Don’t miss the Portland-based band “Aan” who will be performing a 75-minute set of amazing music! 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: 2016 Thru-Hiker Breakfast, presented by ALDHA-WEST.
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 – 1 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!