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October 30, 2020 57 min
In this captivating episode of Aging GreatFULLy everyone will be inspired to accept Mother Nature’s standing invitation to join her in the Great Outdoors as we welcome author of Journeys North: The Pacific Crest Trail, Barney Scout Mann. His stories will enthrall all, whether you are already addicted to the outdoors, newly ushered into the ranks of walkers, simply enjoy neighborhood strolls, or only dream of breathtaking vistas, you will be inspired to take a hike! One resonating message Barney Scout Mann has for everyone, hiking is no longer just for hikers!
In this wild meets the Breakfast Club adventure, Barney shares one unfolding adventure after the other as he and his wife Sandy, (“Frodo”) and four others hike more than 2500 miles from Mexico to Canada. Through challenges, sacred moments and gripping tales, one thing is certain in the end, anything can happen out there … and it often does.
Barney Scout Mann shares candidly how “out there” things become different, why hikers get trail names, dangers of the trail, some of the greatest challenges, something he still aspires to see “out there,” and so much more. Barney Scout Mann also shares tips on how to begin if you’re new to hiking.
Barney Scout Mann is one of the rare individuals who have hiked America’s Triple Crown of Trails: The Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide of Trails. His connection to the PCT run deep, as each spring for the past fifteen years he and his wife Sandy have hosted hikers starting out on the PCT (more than 7,000 to date) at their San Diego home.
Mann has served as board chair of the Pacific Crest Trail Association and is currently president of the Partnership for the National Trails System. Mann’s writing on the trails has been featured in a variety of publications, including Backpacker, the Portland Oregonian, and the New York Times online, and has been recognized with a Lowell Thomas Journalism Award. He is the co-author with Mark Larabee of The Pacific Crest Trail: Exploring America’s Wilderness Trail (foreword by Cheryl Strayed) and is the author of The Continental Divide Trail.
A must-listen power-hour of enlightenYOUment in this part action thriller, part arm chair adventure, and part handbook to one of the most fascinating trails on earth, the Pacific Crest Trail. To connect with Barney Scout Mann or learn more about his work, fascinating adventures or purchase his new release book that is a fascinating read from beginning to end, Journeys North: The Pacific Crest Trail, visit him at
Whether you enjoy watching nature from your back porch or picnics at the park or immersing yourself deep in the wild, there’s something to be said for connecting ourselves with the greater natural world and its positive effects on our mind, body and spirit.
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