I typically jump at the chance to share cool things happening around Portland and the greater region—and Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Days certainly qualifies. What first caught my attention about this event was the Packing it Out guys are making an appearance. As someone who is a tad neurotic about picking up trail trash, I knew the three-day festival August 19-21, to inspire outdoor recreation was for me, and I wanted to let more people know about it.
PCT Days is a free event (though there is a small fee for overnight camping) and will be packed with activities, live music, and opportunities to learn about the latest outdoor products from exhibiting sponsors. The incredible raffle benefits the Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) and the American Long Distance Hiking Association-West (ALDHA).
Jason Waicunas, PCT Days Event Director, was kind enough to take a break from organizing the festival, which is expected to draw a record attendance of over 2,500 participants, to chat with me about its history and schedule for the weekend.
What’s your elevator pitch—why should people come?
The location for PCT Days is incredible and offers beautiful vistas. The event is set at Marine Park in Cascade Locks, Oregon—visually you can’t beat it and it’s a great place to spend the weekend.
PCT Days is unique—there’s no other event quite like it for the outdoor industry. It’s an opportunity for the industry to showcase its products while inspiring the community to get outside and enjoy our beautiful trails. The weekend is packed and will cater to all: experienced hikers, those who are curious about the PCT, and those who have limited knowledge of hiking, but are hungry to learn more. For outdoor enthusiasts the event delivers—it’s a great way to learn about specialized products and gear, while participating in fun activities. It’s not a retail show, but some of the vendors will offer a few things for sale. [Continue Reading]