Journeys North: A Thru-Hike of the Pacific Crest Trail

Experience what it’s like to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail from National Geographic’s “dean of America’s long-distance trails.”

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February 25, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:00 PM (Eastern Time)


FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost: FREE


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Order Journeys North: Amazon or book signed by author

Order Journeys North: Amazon or book signed by author

Backpacker magazine’s “master storyteller” Barney Scout Mann takes you with him on the Pacific Crest Trail with stories from his latest book Journeys North, a Banff Book festival finalist. Learn how Mann went from hiker, to Triple Crowner, to author, to President of a National Trails Group. He’ll also remind us all how we are all extraordinary. The book makes a great gift—but warning—it may keep you awake late at night.

Order Journeys North: Amazon or book signed by author

Join the presenter as you:

  • Feel what it's like for a moment to hike from Mexico to Canada, a distance you can see on a world globe (without the blisters);
  • Transport you by story, photo, and video to where a glance takes your breath away, where there are no safety rails. Learn what it's like to have a meal in a pit-toilet outhouse… and be happy. (Good lesson for these COVID times);
  • That while walking for five months from Mexico to Canada is life-changing, it can be just as life-changing to walk from your front door to the park;
  • That to scare away a Volkswagen-sized bear, you need only sing "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen, with your spouse, in two-part harmony; and
  • That each of us is extraordinary.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn to motivate potential trail users through stories; How to strengthen your message through stories.
  • Discover the importance of trail history and how to make it come alive.
  • Learn the similarities and differences among America's Triple Crown Trails, the Pacific Crest, Continental Divide and Appalachian Trails


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Barney Scout Mann, President, Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS)

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 Trails. Backpacker magazine calls Mann a “master storyteller” and National Geographic dubbed him “arguably the dean of America’s long-distance trails.” His connections 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. In Journeys North, Mann tells the compelling story of six hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail--part action thriller, part armchair adventure, and 100% endorsement for hitting one of the most fascinating trails on earth. Mann’s account provides a ringside seat for the challenges, the agony, and the pure joy of long-distance hiking. Mann is president of the Partnership for the National Trails System and his writing has been featured in Backpacker, the Portland Oregonian, and the New York Times online. Follow Barney Scout Mann on his author website or Instagram.


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  • American Institute of Certified Planners Continuing Maintenance (AICP CM)
  • Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES PDH) (most HSW approved)
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  • CEU/PDH equivalency petition for other accepting organizations

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