Yosemite Adventures: 50 Spectacular Hikes, Climbs and Winter Treks

Matt will sign books at Berkeley Public Library’s North Branch at 1170 The Alameda on Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m.,
and at Barnes and Noble in Dublin on Dec. 7 from 1-3 p.m.
Hope to see you there!

“Wow, I want to go! With explicit directions, insider tips, gear lists, personal journals, awesome photos and maps, Yosemite Adventures temps you to trek on the best of the best. You are drawn to travel the easy casual short trails or to graduate to the steep rock climbing dream walls. This book answers how to create an awesome Yosemite bucket list!” – Marty McDonnell, Tuolumne River guide and California Outdoors Hall of Famer

Hike atop legendary giant El Capitan. Climb two different ways to the summit of Half Dome. Ski or snowshoe through a winter wonderland to rustic and free backcountry cabins. These journeys and dozens more come alive in “Yosemite Adventures: 50 Spectacular Hikes, Climbs and Winter Treks.”

Whether you want to walk back in time among ancient giant sequoias, backpack beside thundering waterfalls or test your climbing skills on glacier-carved granite, “Yosemite Adventures” suggests trips for every season and level of ability.

Five categories of activities each include outings suitable for those new to outdoors adventure and advanced choices for the experienced. With a great selection in Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows, the guide also describes little-known gems near Hetch Hetchy, Wawona and throughout the park.

Discover pristine Elizabeth Lake just a short walk from the road. Explore the incomparable Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River on an overnight odyssey. Or tie on your crampons and scale Mount Lyell, the highest mountain in the park. “Yosemite Adventures” shows you how, with dozens of insider tips, 50 maps and more than 100 color photos and graphics.

Author Matt Johanson draws upon 20 years of personal experiences to produce this ultimate guide to a Yosemite that only a few lucky visitors ever see.

Buy an author-signed copy for $19.95, tax included.






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Yosemite Epics: Tales of Adventure from America’s Greatest Playground


“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.

Illustrations by Christopher Hampson

Buy an author-signed copy for $16.95, shipping and tax included.


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