When I am not battling the insurance companies in the courtroom, you can find me outdoors enjoying the challenges of nature through hiking. When I realized through reading the literary works of German naturpath, Arnold Ehret, that hiking was the human body's most natural exercise, I knew I was on the right path. Unlike running, hiking is much easier on the joints, it stimulates the lymph system, and it increases blood flow incrementally depending on the incline. In fact, I recommend hiking to my injured clients (when they are able to upon doctors' orders of course). But the greatest gift that comes from hiking, beyond the many natural health benefits, is that you get to take on the enjoyment and beauty of nature itself. You get lost in it's own music and silence. It is an activity that is freely available to all, and lies literally feet from your front door step. Especially if you live in California, it is inded a "hikers' paradise" out there.

In this video, you can see me taking on one of the most beautiful, and heart-pounding hikes in Utah - the infamous "Angels Landing" in Zion National Park. This hike can be dangerous, as there have been 6 fall fatalies since 2004. Preparation, like with everything else in life, preparation is key to safely, and enjoyable conquering this hiking trail. The danger really does not start until the last 1/2 mile during the "cable component" of the hike. Be sure to wear proper hiking shoes on this hike, as you want to make sure you have enough grip on the exposed rock trail since there is a 1,500 foot drop off on both sides of the trail in the spine section of the hike. Remember, nothing ventured nothing gained, and having faith in yourself is real confidence booster. I know that I must apply faith in my injury cases, particularly the ones that go to trial. I, just like when I hike, have to navigate my client's case before the community (jury) in order to ask for justice.

Thanks for watching this video on some of things I do in my free time to get to know me a little better. Now, just get out there and hike it!

Mark Blane
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San Diego Personal Injury Lawyer | California Car Accident Attorney