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January 13, 2012

Armchair adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts who are interested in exploring the Pacific Coast Trail are invited to the Casa de Oro Library, 9805 Campo Rd #180, for a presentation by local hiking enthusiast, Dana Law. This program is free to the public and will take place on Friday, January 20 at 10:30 a.m. Attendees will learn what it takes to put your "house" on your back, what food and gear are indispensible, how to train for the trail, the biggest dangers, and how to experience the trail in segments.

The trail starts in San Diego County, at the Mexican border near Campo, and continues through the greatest elevation changes of any of America's National Scenic Trails before eventually reaching Canada. Along the way it passes through scorching desert, old-growth redwoods, coastal rainforests, arctic-alpine country, and other eco-zones. Every year approximately 500 people attempt to hike the entire trail in a single season. Thousands hike sections of it, some with the goal of eventually covering all of its 2,650 miles. Law is an El Cajon resident, and covered the first segment of the trail in May 2003. Since then he has completed more than 1700 miles over the course of 26 separate trips, reporting on his experiences at www.pctdanalaw.blogspot.com.

"Most San Diego residents aren't aware the Pacific Crest Trail starts in their backyard and runs all the way to the Canadian border," said Law. "The library is an ideal place to share this grand adventure and let locals know that they can do it too."

For more information, please contact branch staff at (619) 463-3236. To schedule an interview with Dana Law, please call 619-444-2002 or e-mail Dana at mindreader@gmail.com.

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