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2012 Pickathon Survival Guide
Photo by Tim LaBarge
Wednesday August 1, 2012

It’s crazy to be saying that we’re down to the final few minutes of 2012 Pickathon Tickets being sold online. After tonight, the only tickets that remain for Pickathon will be available at the gate.

For everyone that we’ll be seeing this weekend… here are a few helpful tips and links to help with your overall quality-of-life at this years Pickathon.

Pickathon Camping Host: Home of the newly redesigned Campground Host spot to help all find their new home in the woods of Pendarvis Farm. The blog post from last week pretty much says it all.

Vendor Menu: Oregon’s bounty at its finest. Three Beer, Wine & Cider Gardens, and more delicious food choices than most anyone can manage. Meat, Veggie, Vegan, and Gluten-Free options for everyone.

No-Single-Use At Pickathon: Although our dishware system is almost identical to last year there are a couple changes that were needed to ensure our no single use system remains sustainable. We’re trying to get rid of the pesky compostable cups, lids, and straws in the vending areas which have become the single largest source of waste by volume at the festival, particularly around the non-alcoholic drinks.

Showers: A new shower location is just what the doctor ordered. A new space that hosts showers, massage, a cafe and coffee. Check out these newly built showers and let us know what you think.

Pickathon Stage Schedule: Don’t forget that while at Pickathon you will not be able to pick up printed schedules while onsite, they are simply just not printed to help save the resources. In lieu of this we have setup a schedule on the website that can be used on phones, as well as fourteen huge stage schedules that are dispersed around site (those locations are on the map). Also, we have news of the last (we hope) schedule change… AA Bondy will not be joining us this year at Pickathon, and in their place we have enlisted local ‘closers’, Denver. The Schedule is up to date and we’re stoked how things look.

Gate Times: If you have a ‘Early Thursday Entry’ pass then the gates for you will be open on Thursday from Noon to 8pm. Here are the hours for the other days as well: Friday – 9am-11pm, Saturday – 9am-11pm, Sunday – 9am-11pm

The Weather: If you’ve been privy to the weather this week, you should already know that things are warming up a bit this weekend – looking at daytime temps in the high-80’s into mid-90’s, and nights dipping as low as 60. So… bring your sunscreen, sun hats, flip flops/shoes, shorts/pants, t-shirts/sweaters. And of course… remember your refillable water bottle to fill all weekend with that free Pickathon water.

Getting to Pickathon: We strongly suggest that everyone consider these alternative transportation options.. The EcoShuttle (Schedule is HERE), Carpooling, and even Ride Your Bike. If you are driving to Pickathon, remember that you will be responsible for purchasing a parking pass (if not already), and also that Camp In Your Car and Camp Near Your Car Parking Passes are Sold Out. Only a very small number of RV Parking Passes will be available at that gate, so please plan ahead.

The Pickathon Map: Check out the new camping, trails, and shower locations. The map says it all folks!

Our map has been converted into a mobile map accessible via your smartphone by longtime Pickathon friend and fan, Greg Abernathy. The mobile map enables you to locate yourself on the festival grounds and can be especially useful when wandering the miles of trails at beautiful Pendarvis Farm. We are excited to test out the map this year and to hear what folks think. Please realize this is a bit of a beta test. To view the map you’ll need to download a free app – ArcGIS by ESRI – Use your phone’s App Store or the links: iPhone,
Android: Google play, or Amazon appstore, Windows Phone 7. Once app is installed click “Pickathon Map 2012” (it will take a moment to load). If you do not have the ArcGIS application, you can download it for free from Apple’s App Store. More information can be found on the ArcGIS for iOS Resource Center. If that is too confusing, please check out the one-pager.

We really hope you all will be joining us. We’re putting the finishing touches on everything right now, and it looks like it is going to be the best Pick yet. See you soon!

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