Press and Media

Two major-market video pieces recently featured Barney Scout Mann, including a 3-minute CBS Channel 8 news special. Front-page articles in the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and San Diego Union-Tribune featured Scout in the last 18 months--covering his aid to Pacific Crest Trail hikers. While the New York Times called Scout "the informal historian of the Pacific Crest Trail;" Backpacker magazine used the less-genteel "geek for trail history." Scout was the "talking head" expert for the Oregon Public Broadcasting half-hour special uncovering the long-lost story of the first couple to ride the entire PCT on horseback.   

Los Angeles Times -- Front Page

Trail Angels Help Keep Pacific Crest Trail Hikers on the Path

"Barney, a retired lawyer, confesses that providing airport runs and meals to hundreds of strangers each spring can leave him and Sandy tired and spent. So what. "During that time, we go to bed exhausted, and we will invariably turn to each other and say, 'We are so lucky to be able to do this.'"

Wall Street Journal -- Front Page

Call of "Wild" lures Newbies to follow in Cheryl Strayed's Footsteps

"Before hitting the  the trail, many hikers meet Barney and Sandy Mann, longtime backpackers known as "Scout" and "Frodo." The Manns voluntarily host hundreds of hikers at their home every year, arranging airport pickups, feeding hikers dinner and dropping them off at the PCT's southern terminus after breakfast the next day."

CBS Channel 8  News Special

San Diego Union Tribune -- Front Page

Angels Help Pacific Crest Trail Hikers

"Barney Mann explained: “If you had the chance to be around and help a group of people who are on the cusp of a life-changing experience — and they’re frightened, they’re excited, they’re exhilarated — why wouldn’t you want to do that?” Sandy Mann whispered playfully: “Because it’s exhausting.”


Oregon Public Broadcasting

PCT Half-Hour Special 

Mann serves as trail commentary expert