The new Woodshed/Malloy/Patagonia movie premiered last night in Santa Monica so we decided to check it out. I'm a big fan of their other movies and judging from the preview, 180 South looked just as inspirational and earth loving as the rest. (They all just make you want to travel and pick up trash... Which is a good thing.) However after getting in to the lobby we were told there was "no more free beer", which was pretty upsetting... So after a brief chat with the producer/star (Jeff Johnson... no not Jack) and checking out the memorabilia we tried to cruise into the theater for a bit of audio pleasure from the musical guest before the show and try to get a good seat for the movie... DENIED - They apparently oversold and where extremely adherent to California fire & safety codes on occupancy... I even tried pretending I had just been inside... "But dude, my girlfriend is in there..." "Sorry bro, a lot of guys' girlfriends are in there..." Oh well. (PS - check out all the links)
Jeff Johnson is a pretty rad guy. A great photographer and an ambassador Patagonia. He surfs, sails, camps, climbs, saves the planet etc... He also published a great photo book a few years back documenting a surf/road -trip from Bend Oregon (visiting Gerry Lopez) to Cabo San Lucas (getting shacked in warm water and drinking Pacificos), riding the entire time in a vegetable-oil powered pick-up truck caravan. Great stuff.
So, in September 2007, Jeff took a 5-month long trip inspired by Patagonia founder Yvon Chuinard and North Face founder Doug Tompkins' 1968 trip from Ventura, CA to Patagonia, Chile...
"Ten years after Jeff Johnson saw the film "Mountain of Storm" about Chouinard and Tompkins' 1968 Trip, Jeff is finally on his way south. His plan is to hitch a ride on the sailing vessel "Sea Bear" which is en route to Patagonia Chile. His eventual goal is to climb a peak in Patagonia called Corcovado, but he as a long way to go before then."