I would like to see a schedule change, specifically for the sake of the manufacturers and those of us who want to attend Outdoor Retail. While it might have worked out for one or two of those who attended, for others of us it did not work out. I had to cancel my trip to Outdoor Retailer in order to attend the GGG, as my schedule was just not going to allow me to attend both.
I did not find the outhouse to be a problem, though a bit more light in there at night would have been nice. I threw down three lightsticks myself, a few more over the course of the event, or even a battery powered lantern (which I could have brought but did not think about it) would have been nice for those who needed a midnight run. (ps: I have no idea there even was a second outhouse - would have been nice for such to be disclosed on a broader scale)
I think if you are going to have more than three or four manufacturers at the next event you should probably try to get them into a designated area. At times it felt like I was going to be tripping over vender products, no matter where I went within the main area. Not saying you should put them over in some corner all by themselves, but for those 3am trips to the outhouse, in order to get from the main location to the outhouse, meant weaving your way through at least three different vendors with their gear all setup.
The whole "gear exchange" was about 80% over before I even realized it was taking place and did not have a chance to get all of my gear that I brought to give away and sell put out. Seems like if you happened to be standing around that one little area you were aware of it being time to setup, but a whole lot of folks were not hanging around that one little area. Not really sure how to solve this... maybe a pre-declared location and time for such events could be useful. Yeah, it means more logistics/management, and that is never a fun thing... I know.
I have no issues with switching over to a per-shelter fee system. My only thought would be regarding those who came in but never really spent the night at our location, and instead hiked further into the park. Seems like those folks should be paying their own way into the "park" and not necessarily the "event" (??)
I think providing further information on locations outside the park for vendors and those not able to camp out at the event site location, would be highly beneficial. Providing nearby hotel contact information for those folks who need this could be nice - especially for those from outside California who have no idea how close or far things are.
I think at some point in the continued growth of this even you are going to have to stop and consider safety issues. I did not see a single fire extinguisher anywhere near the campfire site. I also think it would have been nice for anybody there with medical training to have designated themselves as such, for if a medical issue does arise, everybody is fully aware of who that go-to person would be. Guessing a few of us there were CPR qualified and probably even a few with their WFA/WFR training, but what about if there was a certified nurse on-site? Would have been nice to know.
Anyway, guess that is about it. I share all of these as somebody who attended the event for the first time. Fresh eyes looking in at the happenings of it all.