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Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson is the co-author of 180 South: Conquerors of the Useless. He resides in Santa Barbara, California and works for Patagonia as a staff photographer, writer and product tester.


Photo: Jeff Johnson

A Couple Good Ones

Feb 29, 2016 February 29, 2016

It’s 2002. Dan Malloy, the youngest of the Malloy brothers, is surfing in a contest at Sunset Beach on Oʻahu. He is 25 years old and upholding a foundation built by his two older brothers, which has made him the most hopeful of the Malloy clan to excel in the… Read More

Above: Mikey Schaefer rests on a relatively large stance as he contemplates his gear options. Photo: Jeff Johnson

Beyond and Back: Father Time

Oct 8, 2012 October 8, 2012

Middle Cathedral: the ugly stepbrother of El Capitan that sits just across the valley, shoulders slumped, hiding his dark north-facing flanks that almost never see sun. The monolith hosts many seldom-climbed classics: Stoner’s Highway, the Direct North Buttress or DMB (more commonly known as the “do not bother”), Quicksilver… Read More

Photo: Jeff Johnson

Beyond and Back: Fred Beckey

Mar 5, 2012 March 5, 2012

I first met Fred Beckey about 6 years ago at the Crossroads Cafe in Joshua Tree. He was sitting at a corner booth surrounded by young women (in their 40’s), empty pint glasses, and wearing an ear-to-ear grin. I was told he had more first ascents than anyone in the… Read More

Beyond and Back: Protest the Dams

Beyond and Back: Protest the Dams

May 19, 2011 May 19, 2011

During such dire times as we are in now, I would like to pass on this story I wrote in 2008. It is an outtake from the book 180° South. It has never been published. During the making of the film I spent a few months down in… Read More

Yvon Chouinard and Tom Frost. Photo: Tom Frost Collection

Beyond and Back: 180° South/Yvon Chouinard

Apr 19, 2011 April 19, 2011

Its been over a year since the initial premiere of our film 180°South at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. After that we had a west-coast tour. Then, for the next four months, it played at selected theaters around the country. There were some international shows as well – Spain, Australia,… Read More

Beyond and Back: 180° South Tour

Beyond and Back: 180° South Tour

May 24, 2010 May 24, 2010

Around the turn of the century Chris Malloy and I stumbled across a forgotten film called Mountain of Storms and it had a great impact on our lives.  After six years of dreaming and scheming up our own adventure, then four years of non-stop hard work, now… Read More

Beyond and Back: Indian Creek

Beyond and Back: Indian Creek

Jan 7, 2010 January 7, 2010

I’ve dreamt of Indian Creek for years but had never made the voyage. Now I had an excuse. The Patagonia Design Offsite was to be in Utah this month and I wanted to attend. This would be my first trip to Moab and Indian Creek. I picked up my… Read More

Rivers Cuomo

Beyond and Back: Rivers Cuomo

Oct 6, 2008 October 6, 2008

I said in my initial entry that I would occasionally talk about or mention product. This is only because I am very passionate about technical product. I love it when a piece of gear works exactly how it was intended when used in the conditions it was designed for. Read More

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Beyond and Back: SAVAGE

Jul 22, 2008 July 22, 2008

Scott Parry climbing “Steppin Out” 5.10d, Yosemite Valley. Photo: Jeff Johnson Phew … I’m back! Finally. Got back a couple months ago after being out of the country for half a year. Long story, too long. I’ll get to that later. You know how it is when… Read More

Beyond and Back: Your Backyard

Beyond and Back: Your Backyard

Aug 7, 2007 August 7, 2007

by Jeff Johnson Sometimes you forget about your own backyard. While passing through Ventura the other day I had heard about a building south swell. So I hooked up with Patagonia Surf ambassadors Mary Osborne and Chris Malloy and headed south. We ended up posting up… Read More

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