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Publisher's Summary

In Journeys North, legendary trail angel, thru hiker, and former PCTA board member Barney Scout Mann spins a compelling tale of six hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2007 as they walk from Mexico to Canada. This ensemble story unfolds as these half-dozen hikers - including Barney and his wife, Sandy - trod north, slowly forming relationships and revealing their deepest secrets and aspirations. They face a once-in-a-generation drought and early severe winter storms that test their will in this bare-knuckled adventure. In fact, only a third of all the hikers who set out on the trail that year would finish.

As the group approaches Canada, a storm rages. How will these very different hikers, ranging in age, gender, and background, respond to the hardship and suffering ahead of them? Can they all make the final 60-mile push through freezing temperatures, sleet, and snow, or will some reach their breaking point?

Journeys North is a story of grit, compassion, and the relationships people forge when they strive toward a common goal.

©2020 Barney Scout Mann (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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  • Lorraine
  • 29-01-21

Cannot offer a higher recommendation.

Ever wanted to hike the PCT but couldn't because of a global pandemic? Scout takes you with him in this book. Its intimate and gritty, funny and realistic, heartbreaking and heartwarming. I found myself welling up with tears (i won't spoil if they were of sadness or joy) when their journey came to and end. A must-read for anyone who fancies through hiking.

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  • Robert R. Goulet
  • 10-11-20

Highly Enjoyable

A well written, well thought-out story of a hiking cohort that defeat the odds and complete the PCT. stay tuned for the epilogue.

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  • Shirley
  • 05-10-20

Good story but a mechanical reading

Perhaps my expectations of this book were too lofty. With the subject matter of human perseverance in some of this countries most beautiful and challenging terrain, I was hoping the content and telling would be up to the task.
There were good characters and some character development. It was the reading that just left me flat due to its mechanical and uninspired story telling.
I’m glad I listened all the way through.

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  • Jenny T.
  • 11-08-20

wish it was narrated by the author

The narration sounded like a newscaster. The story was okay, I was drawn to the book for its personal story, but didn't feel that personal feeling while listening.

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  • Joanne Johnson
  • 01-05-21

Loved it!

Fascinating! Great read for anyone considering a through hike of any type. Entertaining for everyone else.

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  • james
  • 24-04-21

nice story, good insight

pretty relaxing book with good details about the pct. would recommend to anyone who wants to listen to a book about people walking a long way. also wish I could see their faces.

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  • Jeff Waytashek
  • 15-04-21

Good story of friendship on the trail

While the book doesn't dig deep into the mental struggles and emotional roller coaster of distance hiking, it does touch on the injuries. Enjoyable story of time on the trail.

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  • Michelle S
  • 14-04-21

An epic PCT tale, so much more than one couple’s journey!

As an avid hiker and backpacker, occasional spontaneous trail angel, and having walked miles of the PCT myself throughout CA, this audio book has been a joy to absorb during mundane commutes and the challenges wrought by COVID. I especially appreciated all the historic context interwoven within the stories of the courageous group that made the PCT journey years ago, wishing I could go back and join in with them. At half a century old myself, it also brought so much inspiration that maybe ai too could still accomplish this journey north. Be sure to stay through the full epilogue!

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  • Terra's Mom
  • 11-04-21

Wonderful

I really enjoyed this incredible take. It was engaging and inspiring. I recommend it highly.

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  • Daniel
  • 07-04-21

Great book

I really enjoyed listening to this book. It's pretty long for a travel journey, but it never drags on. Pretty good narration as well.

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  • Jacob Russell
  • 31-01-21

The PCT text. The one

Some thru hiking books we tolerate to feed our addictions.

This book is is not the usual.... it's pure unadulterated thru hike culture. the real deal. it is masterful and has everything you're looking for in terms of excitement, history, emotion, feeling as if you're there with the characters we all love...knowledge and wisdom for newbies and hardcore heads alike.

the passion for the community and responsibility for it's members shines through...complex and gorgeous, brimming with details, anecdotes, with a huge variety of stories and tear inducing moments capturing the trail masterfully in a complex interwoven view, you know the hikers.... told by scout who is such an integral part of PCT history.... I'm not quite done with it yet cos I will be listening again I'm sure. then I'll read it I know