Annual Day Zero Pacific Crest Trail Kick Off

Since 1999

Vendors and Sponsors

From the beginning, we've striven to maintain the Kick Off as a low-key, non-commercial affair. But our mission is to serve and educate PCT hikers, and an important part of that education is knowing what equipment to take along. So we've allowed a small, carefully selected group of manufacturers to participate each year. Many of them are thru hikers themselves, and all of them have created innovative gear that is uniquely suited to long-distance hiking. You won't find this gear at the big chains.  

Packs, Shelters, Clothing, and Accessories

Gossamer Gear

Backpacks, Shelters, Sleeping Pads, Trekking Poles, Accessories Interviews with Grant Sible and Glen Van Peski

Hyperlite Mountain Gear

Packs, Shelters, and Accessories

LightHeart Gear

Ultra-Light Backpacking Tents

Six Moon Designs

Packs, Tents, Tarps, NetTents, Raingear


Ultralight Shelters

ULA Equipment

Packs: Catalyst, AirX, Camino, Epic, Circuit, Ohm 2.0, CDT; Sleeping Bag; Rain Kilt


Hexamid Tents and Tarps, Backpacks, Sleeping Bags and Quilts, Accessories



Be sure to check their bear canister purchase program for PCT thru hikers


Portable power for the trail



Sleeping pads,  sleeping bags, clothing, and accessories



Camera holder for your trekking pole Interview with Rod Java

Backcountry Ninjas

T-Shirts, calendars, hats...everything you need to look like a trail person when you're not on the trail


Books, Maps, and Videos

Guthook's Guides

Guthook's Hiking Guide apps for iPhone and Android 

Guthook's Hiking Guides

Squatch Films

PCT Walk Film quadrilogy, Sidetrails episodes, Flip Flop Flippin', and Wayfaring: A Jaunt Along the Camino de Santiago

Yogi's Books

New edition of Yogi's Pacific Crest Trail Handbook: Mileage matches Halfmile's maps. On-trail section uses perforated pages.


Adventure 16

Full service backpacking retailer for any last-minute needs

Trail Logistics

Customized trail logistics for thru hikers and backpackers 

Trail Logistics



Promoting fellowship and communication among long distance hikers & home of the "Triple Crown"

Bureau of Land Management

BLM manages 15.2 million acres of public lands in California - nearly 15% of the state's land area.


Pacific Crest Trail Association


United States Border Patrol

Department of Homeland Security Logo

United States Forest Service


United States Postal Service

Reliable, affordable parcel delivery; USPS will be at KO to accept your packages for mailing.


Wolverines of the PCT

Hikers past and present who join together to pay back the magic on the PCT to its angels and the current class of hikers


Other Supporters

Town Baker

Hiker-owned and hiker-friendly cafe in Idyllwild offers great sticky buns there and great coffee at ADZPCTKO

Town Baker