Alta Live: Pacific Crest Trail Tragedy

No one knows for sure how many people have died while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, but a bold and outgoing 22-year-old from Texas was one of them.

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No one knows for sure how many people have died while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, but Trevor Laher was most certainly one of them. The 22-year-old hit the trail in March of last year before falling to his death just eight days into his adventure. Journalist Louise Farr recounts Laher’s tragedy and the PCT culture that inspired him in her Alta article “The Accident.” Farr, along with Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit volunteer Cameron Dickinson, joins Alta Live to discuss Laher’s heartbreaking story and detail how the PCT can be more dangerous than it seems.

About the guests:

Louise Farr is a writer based in Los Angeles. She is a contributing editor to Written By, the magazine of the Writers Guild of America West, and the author of the true-crime book The Sunset Murders.

Cameron Dickinson is a current member of the Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit, based out of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department office in Hemet, California. Dickinson has been with the unit for seven years.

Douglas Laher is the father of Trevor Laher. He volunteers his time helping to share his son's story and educate hikers about trail safety.

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