The Cleanest Line
Malcolm Johnson

Malcolm Johnson

Malcolm Johnson is a writer and editor at Patagonia. After several years in California, he’s now based in northern British Columbia.

Articles

“I was just about to get speared when Tom Hannagan, from Friends of Ironwood Forest, whipped out a metal comb he always carries with him to brush cactus barbs away. We had the best time there with Tom and Dave Barker from Friends. We laughed a lot, and their love of the area and the time they spent hiking with us made it a really memorable trip.” —Maya Nerenberg, Size and Fit Specialist. Photo: Geoff Holstad

Designers at Work

Jul 30, 2019 July 30, 2019

Lately, the future of America’s public lands has been very much on our minds. There’s been a bit of good news, but mostly no end to the threats to public lands and waters and disruptive changes coming out of Washington, DC. Read More

Photo: Garrett Grove

Timber to Tideline: Hama Hama Oysters

Oct 17, 2017 October 17, 2017

“For us, the tide is the boss,” says Adam James of Hama Hama Oysters, a fifth-generation, family-run shellfish farm on Washington’s Puget Sound. “In late August and September, we’ll be out there on the beach harvesting at 3 or 4 a.m., and when the sun finally comes… Read More

Photo: Travis Rummel

The Slab Hunter: Ben Wilkinson Woodwork

Aug 3, 2017 August 3, 2017

It didn’t take long for Ben Wilkinson to figure out that there was freedom to be had in working for himself—and that freedom was the first requirement if he wanted to go surfing whenever the waves got huge. “I left home when I was 16,” he remembers,… Read More

Photo: Malcolm Johnson

Combing the Coast

Sep 1, 2011 September 1, 2011

If you’ve ever read a story about surfing on the Canadian coast, you’re pretty sure to have read a few boilerplate paragraphs about how pristine it is in this part of the world. How bears and wolves stroll past the tent sites on the shoreline, perhaps, or how the lineups… Read More

Photo: Joe Curren

In Haida Gwaii

Mar 4, 2011 March 4, 2011

I’d been dreaming about Haida Gwaii for as long as I could remember. Or, if not quite as long as I could remember, at least since my time as a skinny, bespectacled kid in public school, staring wide-eyed at the Haida totems in front of the Royal British Columbia Museum. Read More

Photo: Jeremy Koreski

Backyard Adventures: On Lone Cone

Jul 21, 2009 July 21, 2009

A few weeks ago some of the folks from the California office cruised up to our part of the coast. Glen Morden, one of Patagonia’s product designers, is a transplanted Canadian, so he was piloting the minivan as they rolled across the Island and into town. They showed up on… Read More