Trail Fest 2012 Recap

Trail Fest 2012 PCTA booth

Pacific Crest Trail Association’s booth at Trail Fest 2012.

We had a great time in Big Bear July 27 – 29. It was a beautiful place to have our return from hiatus. The trail classes were amazing, and we shared a lot of great information.

It started with Friday night’s readings from The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader. The contributors’ stories and their readings were moving and entertaining.

Saturday came bright and cheery. The day was packed with great information and classes. We had quite a range of topics covered in our Trail Classes, including: GPS usage, Wilderness First Aid, Photography and Geology of the PCT. The agency-sponsored classes were informative. It’s great to hear what the PCTA and our agency partners have accomplished and what we continue to work on. The afternoon volunteer awards ceremony was a great tribute to the PCT, PCTA, our agency partners and our volunteers that maintain the trail for all to enjoy. Without them, the PCT wouldn’t exist as it does now.The evening’s banquet dinner included keynote speaker, Justin “Trauma” Lichter, an extraordinary thru-hiker sponsored by Granite Gear. He told us all about the challenges, triumphs and nightmares of hiking The Great Himalaya Trail. It was funny and captivating, and just made you want to go out and hike despite the mind-boggling logistics. We ended the night with  National Geographic’s Pacific Crest Trailfilm and an impromptu session of trail stories led by Greg “Strider” Hummel.

The weekend ended with our Sunday outings – a maintenance crew went out early and a group of hikers went for a sojourn on the PCT later that morning. It was nice to be outside on the PCT after a day of classes and discussion. It was a great capper to a great weekend. We can’t wait to do this again.


to all the people and companies who helped to make this event a success –especially our volunteers, speakers and agency partners. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Our Sponsors:

Royal RobbinsGregoryGranite GearBackpacker Oven

Our Gear and Info Fair Exhibitors:

  • Backcountry Horsemen of California
  • Bemco Backpacker Oven
  • Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • California State Parks
  • Granite Gear
  • Gregory
  • Katadyn/Optimus
  • National Forest Association- Big Bear Discovery Center
  • Royal Robbins
  • San Bernardino National Forest – Front Country Ranger District
  • San Gorgonio Wilderness Association
  • Sierra Club
  • Tarma Designs
  • Trail Gorillas

Our silent auction and gear raffle donors:

  • Badger Balm
  • BearVault
  • BEMCO Backpacker Oven
  • Benchmade Knife
  • Clif Bar
  • Coyote Camp
  • GoLite
  • Granite Gear
  • Gregory Mountain Products
  • Injinji
  • Jacks R Better
  • Jet Boil
  • Katadyn/Optimus
  • Keen
  • Laughing Rabbit, Inc.
  • Leatherman
  • LED Lenser
  • Leki
  • Lightload Towels
  • Menasa Ridge Press
  • Moonbow Gear
  • The Mountaineers Books
  • REI
  • Royal Robbins
  • San Bernardino National Forest
  • Tarma Designs
  • Titanium Goat
  • Warbonnet Outdoors
  • White Box Stoves

Our Guest Speakers:

  • Eric Valentine
  • Don Line
  • Greg Hummel
  • Paul Hacker
  • Jordan Summers
  • Barney Mann
  • David Harris
  • Lon Cooper
  • Robin Eliason
  • Ken Murray
  • Rick Serena
  • Jen Serena
  • Jason Fitzpatrick
  • Durand Trench
  • Joe Sobinovsky
  • Don King
  • Beth Boyst
  • Mark Conley
  • Michael Scott
  • Brian Robertson
  • Diane Welton
  • Michael Donald

See you next year!

Be sure to come to next year’s Trail Fest in Washington State. We’ll let you know when and where soon, so stay tuned.

Author: Jack "Found" Haskel

As the Trail Information Manager, Jack works to connect people to the PCT. He's involved with a wide variety of projects that help the trail, the trail's users and the community that surrounds the experience. He has thru-hiked (Pacific Crest Trail in 2006; Colorado Trail in 2008; Continental Divide Trail in 2010) and is an obsessed weekend warrior.