Got back from the KickOff. Manny a really great trail angel picked me and three elderly hikers up at Warner Springs. We had a great day before the ADZPCTKO including 3 dogs, pizza, shower etc. Wonderful.
The Kickoff itself was not as crowded as I thought. It was a great experience meeting all the other hikers and talking to them. Many have done sections or tried to thru hike it before and try it again. Every evening there was a nice party beginning with the movies (short film festival and PCT class of 2012, the DVD is out!) continued with beer in the green environment around the lake. Luckiliy Erin and Brett, 2 fellow hikers that arrived at Warner Springs with me, picked me up and now I’m back. I had really itchy feet on the second day and wanted to get back to the trail.
Oh and before I forget it: The Postholer maps suck. Halfmiles are the way to go.