Backpacker Radio 77 | Barney “Scout” Mann on his New PCT Book, “Journeys North”

In today’s episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek we are joined yet again by famed Trail Angel, triple crowner, and author, Barney Scout Mann.  This convo focuses largely on Scout’s new book, “Journeys North“, Scout’s beautiful account of his and Frodo’s 2007 PCT thru-hike.  We learn what went into this immense research project, how he and Frodo fended off a bear with a two-part harmony, and we’re blessed with a short reading from the book.

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00:04:30 – QOTD:  You get one wish but 70% of the population also gets what you wish for—what is your wish?

00:08:33 – Can you give us an intro into how you got started with backpacking? 

00:10:19 – Can you tell us the story of doing the PCT? 

00:12:19 – Do you regret going SOBO on the AT?

00:14:30 – Scout’s involvement in the GAOA (Great American Outdoors Act) 

00:15:30 – What do your neighbors think about the hikers you host? 

00:16:30 – Scout and Frodo’s nightly after-dinner talk and stream crossing safety.

00:18:30 – Can you tell us about your career (after your Boy Scout days)? 

00:19:30 – Are you a lawyer because you’re a good writer or are you a good writer because you’re a lawyer?

00:20:05 – What kind of lawyer were you?

00:21:54 – What was Scout thinking when he was retiring? 

00:22:20 – Listen to Episode 26! (Scout’s previous episode)

00:22:45 – Where did the inspiration for “Journeys North” come from? 

00:27:57 – What was the research process for gathering intel on your trail family? 

00:30:10 – What does it really mean when Scout asks to write about you? 

00:32:15 – Scout saved a man’s life. 

00:34:09 – Scout reads an excerpt from the book.

00:36:28 – Is Scout reading his audiobook? 

00:39:36 – Were you anticipating a trail family being such a huge part of your hike? 

00:41:48 – What is the secret to a long and happy marriage? 

00:42:48 – Can you give an example of a tough time you talked about in the book? 

00:47:55 – Were you shocked by what you gathered in your research and interviews of your hiking family vs. what you saw on trail? 

00:54:25 – Can you share other stories that had to be cut from the book? 

00:58:58 – Can we get a two-part harmony?

01:02:20 – Can you talk about Rainy Pass? 

01:09:44 – Where should people go to purchase your book? Amazon helps Scout the most.

01:10:22 – Are Scout and Frodo going to host hikers in 2021? 


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