“We seek outdoor adventure in order to return to a more elemental existence where we face nature armed only with our strength and resourcefulness. Out there, the slightest turn of events can suddenly imperil life and limb. In Yosemite Epics, Matt Johanson has assembled stories, told first hand by some of today’s top adventurers, of harrowing tales when they dodged a bullet in Yosemite. Strap yourself in. It’s quite a ride.” – Ron Erskine, outdoor columnist
A falling climber’s rope snaps thousands of feet above the ground. A free soloing climber, alone and unroped, attempts a terrifying do-or-die move. Two backcountry skiers awake in their tent to find themselves buried by an avalanche. A daring kayak venture helps an aging legend discover greater health and happiness.
These stories and more come to life in a collection of first-person narratives from rock, snow, ice and whitewater. Thrilling yet thoughtful, the book explains the athletes’ motivations for their ambitious outings and shares valuable lessons learned from their experiences.
Featuring tales from Steve Roper, Howard Weamer and Lynn MacMichael, Dale Bard, Marty McDonnell, Errett Allen, John Bachar, Royal Robbins, Lynn Hill, Hans Florine, Steve Schneider, Scott Cosgrove, Peter Croft, Peter Mayfield, George Durkee, Noah Kaufman, Jim Zellers, Ammon McNeely, Richard Leversee and John Wason, Doug Englekirk, Tommy Caldwell and more.
By Matt Johanson with illustrations from Christopher Hampson.
Buy an author-signed copy for $16.95, shipping and tax included.