Anders Morley with Barney Scout Mann
A passionate skier since he was a child, Anders Morley dreamed of going on a significant adventure, something bold and of his own design. And so one year in his early thirties, he decided to strap on cross-country skis to travel across Canada in the winter alone. His book, This Land of Snow: A Journey Across the North in Winter (Mountaineers Books) is about that journey and a man who must come to terms with what he has left behind, as well as how he wants to continue living after his trip is over. It is an honest, thoughtful, and humorous reckoning of an adventure filled with adrenaline and exuberance, as well as mistakes and danger. Along the way readers gain insight, both charming and fascinating, into Northern outdoor culture and modern-day wilderness living, the history of northern exploration and Nordic skiing, the right to roam movement, winter ecology, and more.
Joining Anders Morley tonight is Barney Scout Mann, author of Journey's North: The Pacific Crest Trail, finalist for the 2020 Banff Mountain Book Competition. Mann is an author, long-distance hiker, and outdoor advocate. He served as the Chairman of the Board for the Pacific Crest Association for three years, and now serves as President of the Partnership for the National Trails System. His articles have appeared in Backpacker Magazine, The New York Times, the Oregonian, and more.