Long Distance Hiker

In 2007, Scout and his wife Sandy thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail. Over five months they walked a continuous line from Mexico to Canada, 2,650 miles. A backpacker for 50 years, Mann was 13 when he went on his first 50-miler, a week-long backpack in the Sierra Nevada. His 35-pound pack and 80-pound body fought to a draw. It rained every day. “I loved it.”  Mann says, "I'm more at home in the outdoors than on a downtown street." At 63, Mann set out to hike what’s regarded as the nation’s toughest trail. The Continental Divide Trail, 2,700 miles, spans the Rockies from border to border. Mann finished on October 2, 2015, to the best of his knowledge the only one over 60 to thru-hike that year.

Lawyer

Mann had a quarter-century legal career, ending as the managing partner of his downtown San Diego law firm—Andersen Mann Hilbert & Parker. Ten years ago, he was approached to serve as a California Superior Court Judge, but the word “No” left his lips before he had a chance to think about it. The day Mann retired in May 2010, the most important thing on his mind was that at 2:00 pm that day he had his first deadline for a piece for Backpacker magazine.

Trail Advocate

Here's Scout on one of nine consecutive annual trips to Washington, D.C., to lobby for our nation's trails. He served three years as Chairman of the Board of the Pacific Crest Trail Association. The PCTA has nearly 12,000 members, its budget exceeds $2,500,000 and it has over 20 employees. Scout was elected to the Board of Directors in 2008 and continues to serve. This summer, Scout is assisting another long trail. He's helping the Continental Divide Trail Coalition develop its first comprehensive Strategic Plan. In 2011, Scout received the PCTA's Extra Mile Award, only the fifth awarded in the PCTA's 20-year history.  

PCT historian

There is no such formal designation, but if there was the position would be Mann's. The New York Times called him the “unofficial historian of the trail,” while Backpacker magazine called him “a geek for trail history.” Mann’s personal files, library and oral history collection outstrip the PCTA archives. Mann appeared as the “talking head” expert in an episode of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Oregon Experience. It was titled “Pacific Crest Trail: A Ride to Remember” about the first horseback transit of the trail in 1959.

Photographer

Mann has four magazine covers, multiple front-page photos in the Oregonian Travel Section, as well as photos published in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times (online), Outside (online) and one photo that is still in every book store in the U.S.—the inside front cover of the trade paperback edition of Wild. Given that he has written his own Pacific Crest Trail book, it may be some form of irony that the Random House Art Department chose his photo and that his name is already on the back of a bestseller about the trail.

Author

 

Just Released: The Pacific Crest Trail: Exploring America's Wilderness Trail by Mark Larabee and Barney Scout Mann. This book, by the Pacific Crest Trail Association and Rizzoli New York is Rizzoli's third book in its trail series. Two years ago Rizzoli published its Appalachian Trail coffee table book and a year later published the next in the series, America's Great Hiking Trails. The Great Trails book was on the New York Times bestseller list for travel (rising to No. 10), has won awards, and is already in multiple printings. Mann's co-author is a 25-year Northwest reporter and the Forward is by Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild. Read more about the book.

In his book Thru-HikeBarney Scout Mann spins a compelling narrative non-fiction tale about six hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail. Says one Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Mark Larabee: “Three couples, their stories unfolding, weaving and intertwining over the long-distance trail until the dramatic conclusion traversing snow-covered peaks.” Thru-hike is presently being placed with an agent and publisher. Read more about Thru-Hike.

Freelance Writer

Mann is an award-winning feature article writer. He received a 2010 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award for a full-page article in the Portland Oregonian. The last six years, he’s published numerous articles in Backpacker magazine, the Portland Oregonian, the New York Times (online) and in the Communicator, the quarterly magazine of the Pacific Crest Trail Association. Mountaineers Press published a two-volume anthology of trail stories, The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader--Mann was the only writer with more than one selection. Short pieces of his have appeared in the UK’s most popular walking magazines, Adventure Travel and Country Walking.


Long Distance Hiker

In 2007, Scout and his wife Sandy thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail. Over five months they walked a continuous line from Mexico to Canada, 2,650 miles. A backpacker for 50 years, Mann was 13 when he went on his first 50-miler, a week-long backpack in the Sierra Nevada. His 35-pound pack and 80-pound body fought to a draw. It rained every day. “I loved it.”  Mann says, "I'm more at home in the outdoors than on a downtown street." At 63, Mann set out to hike what’s regarded as the nation’s toughest trail. The Continental Divide Trail, 2,700 miles, spans the Rockies from border to border. Mann finished on October 2, 2015, to the best of his knowledge the only one over 60 to thru-hike that year.



Lawyer

Mann had a quarter-century legal career, ending as the managing partner of his downtown San Diego law firm—Andersen Mann Hilbert & Parker. Ten years ago, he was approached to serve as a California Superior Court Judge, but the word “No” left his lips before he had a chance to think about it. The day Mann retired in May 2010, the most important thing on his mind was that at 2:00 pm that day he had his first deadline for a piece for Backpacker magazine.



Trail Advocate

Here's Scout on one of nine consecutive annual trips to Washington, D.C., to lobby for our nation's trails. He served three years as Chairman of the Board of the Pacific Crest Trail Association. The PCTA has nearly 12,000 members, its budget exceeds $2,500,000 and it has over 20 employees. Scout was elected to the Board of Directors in 2008 and continues to serve. This summer, Scout is assisting another long trail. He's helping the Continental Divide Trail Coalition develop its first comprehensive Strategic Plan. In 2011, Scout received the PCTA's Extra Mile Award, only the fifth awarded in the PCTA's 20-year history.  



PCT historian

There is no such formal designation, but if there was the position would be Mann's. The New York Times called him the “unofficial historian of the trail,” while Backpacker magazine called him “a geek for trail history.” Mann’s personal files, library and oral history collection outstrip the PCTA archives. Mann appeared as the “talking head” expert in an episode of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Oregon Experience. It was titled “Pacific Crest Trail: A Ride to Remember” about the first horseback transit of the trail in 1959.



Photographer

Mann has four magazine covers, multiple front-page photos in the Oregonian Travel Section, as well as photos published in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times (online), Outside (online) and one photo that is still in every book store in the U.S.—the inside front cover of the trade paperback edition of Wild. Given that he has written his own Pacific Crest Trail book, it may be some form of irony that the Random House Art Department chose his photo and that his name is already on the back of a bestseller about the trail.



Author

 

Just Released: The Pacific Crest Trail: Exploring America's Wilderness Trail by Mark Larabee and Barney Scout Mann. This book, by the Pacific Crest Trail Association and Rizzoli New York is Rizzoli's third book in its trail series. Two years ago Rizzoli published its Appalachian Trail coffee table book and a year later published the next in the series, America's Great Hiking Trails. The Great Trails book was on the New York Times bestseller list for travel (rising to No. 10), has won awards, and is already in multiple printings. Mann's co-author is a 25-year Northwest reporter and the Forward is by Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild. Read more about the book.

In his book Thru-HikeBarney Scout Mann spins a compelling narrative non-fiction tale about six hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail. Says one Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Mark Larabee: “Three couples, their stories unfolding, weaving and intertwining over the long-distance trail until the dramatic conclusion traversing snow-covered peaks.” Thru-hike is presently being placed with an agent and publisher. Read more about Thru-Hike.



Freelance Writer

Mann is an award-winning feature article writer. He received a 2010 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award for a full-page article in the Portland Oregonian. The last six years, he’s published numerous articles in Backpacker magazine, the Portland Oregonian, the New York Times (online) and in the Communicator, the quarterly magazine of the Pacific Crest Trail Association. Mountaineers Press published a two-volume anthology of trail stories, The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader--Mann was the only writer with more than one selection. Short pieces of his have appeared in the UK’s most popular walking magazines, Adventure Travel and Country Walking.


Scout's Journal

Pacific Crest Trail McDonald’s Saved

August 19, 2016

You wouldn’t think you’d see the words Pacific Crest Trail and McDonald’s in the same sentence. But there’s one on the PCT.

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