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Law will speak today at the El Cajon Library on his Pacific Crest Trail adventure


By Miriam Raftery

June 16, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – Dana Law is a magician, but he’s recently completed a feat that required no magic—just a lot of willpower and walking.  He hiked the entire Pacific Crest Trail, from the Mexican border to Canada. The trail runs 2,650 miles – the equivalent of climbing Mt.  Everest 16 and a half times.  He did it in 31 sections over 13 years.  In an interview with East County Magazine aired on KNSJ,  the intrepid local hiker discussed his adventures along the way, also offering advice to those who may wish to tackle the trail.

Click the audio link to listen to our interview, and scroll down for details on today's event, plus links to his blog and Facebook page, where you can find a journal he kept of each stretch along the route.

For Law, his motivation wasn't all about nature, though he has stated, "The trail symbolizes everytihng there is to love--and protect--in the Western States." To him, the real treasure of the trek are the bonds built with friends along the way, and the accomplishment of fulfilling a rigorous physical challenge.

He’s had his share of misadventure, too, from a wildfire that interrupted the last stretch of his trek to a serious injury that forced a helicopter evacuation of his hiking partner.

You can see all of his stories, pictures, and videos at pctdanalaw.blogspot.com and facebook.com/adventuresonthepct/.

You can also meet Law in person today at the El Cajon Library (401 East Douglas) at 2 p.m., when he’ll be giving a 90 minute presentation on the Pacific Crest Trail.

His talk will include:

  • What it takes to put your “house” on your back
  • What food, fitness and gear are indispensable?
  • How to train for the trail
  • What are the biggest dangers?
  • How to experience the trail in digestible segments


Interview with Dana Law, Pacific Coast Trail hiker, on KNSJ

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