Explore the PCT at Oregon Law on November 10

Oct 12, 2016

Trail angel, author, and alumnus Barney Scout Mann (J.D., '78) will share stories, videos, and adventures from his new book, "The Pacific Crest Trail: Exploring America's Wilderness Trail" on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at the Knight Law Center (room 110) of the University of Oregon School of Law. The event is presented by the Law School Alumni Association and begins at 5:00 p.m. It will include light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.*

Twice a “No. 1 New Release” on Amazon, this is the Oregon Launch Party for the book that Wild author Cheryl Strayed calls, “A must-have for your coffee table library!” The New York Times dubbed Mann, "the informal historian of the trail," while Backpacker magazine labeled him, "a geek for trail history." 

In the book, Mann and his co-author, Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Larabee, spin the saga of the Pacific Crest Trail, interspersing the story with rarely seen archival photos, maps, and stunning contemporary photography. You will experience the trail as if you were striding the path yourself – making the 2,650-mile journey from the Mexican border to the Canadian border.

This is the only illustrated book officially published with the Pacific Crest Trail Association. It comes with an official trail map folded into an inside pocket, and proceeds benefit the association.

Publisher Rizzoli International says, "This photo- and information-packed book is an inspirational bucket list for everyone who wants to get out on the trail – from day-hiker to thru-hiker."

A backpacker for 50 years, Mann and his wife Sandy thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2007. The couple is widely known to thru-hikers on the trail as the trail angels "Scout and Frodo," and annually open their home to weary travelers throughout the spring hiking season. As an advocate, Mann has served on the board of the Pacific Crest Trail Association since 2008, including three years as chair of the board. The organization honored him with the "Extra Mile Award," in 2011, only the fifth awarded in the organization's 20-year history. Mann annually travels to Washington, D.C. to lobby on behalf of our nation's trails, and this year is working with the Continental Divide Trail Coalition develop its first comprehensive Strategic Plan. 

R.S.V. P. by November 7 to lawalum@uoregon.edu.

This event is co-sponsored by Oregon Law's Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center, the Obsidians, and the Pacific Crest Trail Association. For additional information, contact External Relations Coordinator Rachel Kahn at lawalum@uoregon.edu or 541-346-3970.