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180- South: Conquerors of the Useless [Paperback]

Yvon Chouinard , Doug Tompkins , Chris Malloy , Jeff Johnson
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21 Aug 2013
180- South takes readers behind the scenes of the film, 180- South, made by Chris Malloy, to learn more about the people who made the original overland journey to Patagonia in 1968, and the repeat journey over ocean and land 40 years later. The book includes stories of events and experiences that inspired Chris Malloy, Yvon Chouinard, and Doug Tompkins to choose paths committed to saving what's left of the wild world. Open it anywhere and enjoy the photographs by the world's leading surf and climbing photographers Jeff Johnson, Jimmy Chin, Scotty Soen, and Danny Moder.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Patagonia Books (21 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938340213
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938340215
  • Product Dimensions: 26.8 x 25.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 616,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yvon Chouinard, a noted alpinist and environmentalist, is the founder and owner of Patagonia, Inc., which" Fortune" has called "the coolest company on the planet." He is also the co-founder with Craig Mathews of 1% For The Planet and the author of "Let My People Go Surfing." Doug Tompkins is a mountain climber, Deep Ecologist, and forward-thinking businessman. Tompkins was the founder of The North Face and co-owner of the ESPRIT clothing company. Chris Malloy is a professional surfer, cowboy, and visionary filmmaker. He directed the well-respected films "Shelter," "Thicker than Water," "A Brokedown Melody," and "One Track Mind." Chris has brought his eye and style to Patagonia clothing, helping them brand and realize their surf line and retail surf stores. An advocate for sustainable living and for surfing's roots, Chris still opts to paddle into some of the largest surf imaginable. Jeff Johnson is one of the best surf photographers in the business.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big book, epic journey 30 Nov 2012
Format:Hardcover
Seriously big coffee-table book. Documents the epic journey of US climber / surfers Jeff Johnson and Chris Malloy, who trek from California to Chile and attempt to climb a forgotten peak, Cerro Corcovado. They are in turn retracing the epic journey of two US climber / surfers from the sixties (Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins) who did the journey 40 years earlier in a beat-up Ford campervan. This book accompanies the film of the same name and both are fabulous productions. The book is stuffed with superb photos, interviews and stories. Chouinard and Tompkins are both multi-millionaire businessmen now who probably travel around in Lear jets but they have to be applauded for their environmental credentials, especially down in Patagonia where they are trying to preserve the wilderness they first encountered in the sixties. Pricey book but worth getting if you liked the film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, Inspiring Book 2 May 2010
By N. Meltzer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Makes you want to quit your job and follow their journey. Excellent photos and great stories, it feels like you're along for the ride the whole time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable sail/surf/climb enviro documentary 9 Jun 2010
By secret squirrel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This documentary shows a guy retracing a great road trip climbing adventure that jacques chouinard, the founder of patagonia, and a few friends did back in the 1960's. The film is interspersed with cute and classic old footage from chouinard's adventure, and our hero enjoyably surfs and sails his way to chile's fitzroy range for a good climb. Along the way he finds a little love and hits us with some environmental messages that frolic on the cliff of the blindingly obvious, but still fit into the movie well. I found myself goofily smiling through almost the whole movie, and would recommend it to anyone who likes a good outdoor flick -- the last one i enjoyed so much was the excellent surf movie 'step into liquid'. 180 S isn't perfect and doesn't aim too high, yet by not over-reaching it rings true.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Journey 29 Jan 2013
By John W. Matney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
First of all, DON'T buy this book on Amazon for the 100 bucks listed. The Patagonia store has it for $49.00. The booksellers offering it for a 100 bucks are thieves and I think Yvon would agree.

Now for the book. It's a coffee table book and of course, has great photographs taken by Molloy and the rest of the crew. It's a book about preserving open space. It's a book about surfing, climbing, treking and living an outdoors life. I highly recommend this book. Go outside!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Companion to the Documentary 19 Feb 2011
By Book Dork - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
After seeing the documentary with the same title and loving it, I was excited to receive this book as a Christmas gift. It's much more than your typical coffee table book.

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- The text portion is basically a narrative on the past, present, and future of our environment, told within the netting of climbing a peak in Patagonia. It's both casual and alarming.
- The pictures are stunning and capture the people, places, and emotions of the people involved. These are not stock photos!
- The running concept of "conquerors of the useless" is explained well and becomes meaningful and acceptable. As Yvone points out, it isn't about the view from the top, it's about the climb and what you discover about yourself on the way up.
- The book itself is beautiful- the slip cover, the binding, and the quality of paper.

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- Personally, I really feel that the work Yvone Chouinard and Doug Tompkins have done for environmental protection and reform is amazing. At times, though, I became a little frustrated with what they were saying versus their vantage point. These men are very wealthy, whether they live like it or not. They talk about eliminating our dependency on cars as a whole- I'm sorry but John Smith who works fifteen hours a day at two jobs to take care of his family does not want to start biking in, nor does he have his own Cessna like these gentleman. And I agree with roads being a horrid ecological interruption, but, let's face it, we need to get places and until jetpacks are invented I'm not sure what we can do about it (and jetpacks will probably be bad for the environment with their jet fuel and all...)
- It's not a glamorous book, if that's what you're looking for, and there is a decent amount of text that should be read in order to truly read the illustrations. I consider that a good thing, but if you're looking for a purely glossy book of scenic pictures you won't find it here.

See the movie, read the book. I really don't understand why this book isn't more popular.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Journey 15 Jan 2014
By David - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This film offered a fabulous viewing experience!. Be sure not to miss a reviewing of the Special features section of this DVD!
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