Matt Johanson

Members of the Johanson family submitted Mount Diablo together on a cloudy but happy day. (Courtesy photo)

Despite hardships, the outdoors has seen good news during pandemic

Adventurers climbed and rowed, firefighters bravely battled, wildlife flourished in 2020

Members of the Johanson family submitted Mount Diablo together on a cloudy but happy day. (Courtesy photo)
Dan Johanson on summit: Dan Johanson celebrates his first visit to Mount Shasta’s summit. Photo by Matt Johanson

Mount Shasta inspires and teaches generations of climbers

Challenging climb maintains a magnetic pull on mountaineers

Dan Johanson on summit: Dan Johanson celebrates his first visit to Mount Shasta’s summit. Photo by Matt Johanson
Matt Johanson retrieves gear from a section of the climb of the South Face of Washington Column in Yosemite. <ins>(Courtesy photo)</ins>

Climbing, falling and learning on Yosemite’s ‘little big wall’

South Face of Washington Column a good test for a moderately skilled mountaineer

Matt Johanson retrieves gear from a section of the climb of the South Face of Washington Column in Yosemite. <ins>(Courtesy photo)</ins>
Lee Vining and Inyo National Forest are excellent fall color tour destinations. (Matt Johanson/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Gold Rush: Go now to see Sierra fall color

Maples, oaks, dogwoods, aspens glow in the next few weeks

Lee Vining and Inyo National Forest are excellent fall color tour destinations. (Matt Johanson/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Sierra Club honored its founder John Muir with this painting but also renounced his racist writings this year. (Courtesy photo)

Bring on the map makeover

White supremacists’ names being removed from parks and monuments

The Sierra Club honored its founder John Muir with this painting but also renounced his racist writings this year. (Courtesy photo)
Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants won Most Valuable Player in the 2012 World Series. (Matt Solcum/Getty Images/Tribune News Service)

San Francisco’s Panda earned Giants fans’ favor

There’s no one quite like Pablo Sandoval

Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants won Most Valuable Player in the 2012 World Series. (Matt Solcum/Getty Images/Tribune News Service)
Above: Four California cyclists pedaled 52 days to cross the Brooklyn Bridge and reach the Atlantic Ocean.

SF teens get new perspective on country on cross-country bike excursion

Riders traveled 3,614 miles, climbed 155,706 feet uphill, averaged 69.5 miles a day and repaired 65 flat tires

Above: Four California cyclists pedaled 52 days to cross the Brooklyn Bridge and reach the Atlantic Ocean.
“Pedal Towards the Future” cyclists catch their breath and celebrate cresting the Rocky Mountains. (Courtesy photo)

Bay Area cyclists discover kindness in middle America

S.F.’s School of the Arts students enjoy cross-country ride-of-a-lifetime

“Pedal Towards the Future” cyclists catch their breath and celebrate cresting the Rocky Mountains. (Courtesy photo)
A short and scenic hike leads to the base of Horsetail Falls from Highway 50. (Matt Johanson/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Sierra Nevada outings beat blues of vicious virus

Hikes offer chance to stretch legs without rubbing elbows

A short and scenic hike leads to the base of Horsetail Falls from Highway 50. (Matt Johanson/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Living under quarantine has provided the opportunity for some teens to spend time writing and playing music. (Courtesy photo)

Pandemic steals youth but imparts life lessons

Class of 2020’s resilience, optimism and concern for others inspires

Living under quarantine has provided the opportunity for some teens to spend time writing and playing music. (Courtesy photo)
The author and Yosemite Sam the Samurai Dog take a break beside Lake Chabot, their favorite local park.(Courtesy photo)

Getting outdoors: Love the park you’re near

I’ve been needing and visiting the outdoors lately, and I’m not the only one.

The author and Yosemite Sam the Samurai Dog take a break beside Lake Chabot, their favorite local park.(Courtesy photo)
Teenage cyclists prepare for a cross country ride which they call “Pedal Towards The Future.” (Courtesy photo)

Young San Francisco cyclists aim to inspire on cross country ride

These lucky seven cyclists from San Francisco’s Ruth Asawa School of the Arts call their upcoming journey “Pedal Towards The Future”

Teenage cyclists prepare for a cross country ride which they call “Pedal Towards The Future.” (Courtesy photo)
Yosemite Sam the Samurai Dog accompanied the author on a winter ascent of Elephants Back near Carson Pass on Highway 88. (Matt Johanson/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Winter hikes in Northern California’s snowy mountains

Here are some favorite day trips in our area, arranged from easiest to more challenging.

Yosemite Sam the Samurai Dog accompanied the author on a winter ascent of Elephants Back near Carson Pass on Highway 88. (Matt Johanson/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Natural Bridge Canyon offers interesting rock formations including this namesake arch. (Matt Johanson /Special to S.F. Examiner)

Hiking: Death Valley offers more than name suggests

Scenes from the first “Star Wars” formed my unappealing mental picture of Death Valley

Natural Bridge Canyon offers interesting rock formations including this namesake arch. (Matt Johanson /Special to S.F. Examiner)
Kindness of strangers warms hearts in the outdoors

Kindness of strangers warms hearts in the outdoors

Hikers helping hikers boosts faith in human nature

Kindness of strangers warms hearts in the outdoors
Those who climb above the giant sequoias earn world-class views, like this perspective from atop Alta Peak. (Matt Johanson/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Day hikes among the giants of Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park boasts the world’s greatest concentration of the namesake trees.

Those who climb above the giant sequoias earn world-class views, like this perspective from atop Alta Peak. (Matt Johanson/Special to S.F. Examiner)