Risk, Fear, and the Art of Chill with Jimmy Chin

It’s a very rare occurrence when my man Jimmy Chin is in one place for any length of time. But in these pandemic times, he finds himself adventuring in his backyard in Jackson, WY and staying close to home with his family. Of course I had to seize the opportunity to finally sit down and check-in on his whirlwind career.

Jimmy Chin is an Academy Award winning filmmaker, National Geographic photographer and mountain sports athlete known for his ability to capture extraordinary imagery and stories while climbing and skiing in extremely high-risk environments and expeditions. A longtime member of The North Face Athlete Team, he has led dozens of exploratory expeditions and completed first ascents around the globe, working with the best adventure athletes in the world. In 2006, he became one of the only people to ski off the summit of Mount Everest.

In this conversation, we cover a lot of ground. From humble beginnings as a dirtbag photographer, Jimmy’s first big break, mentorship, balancing family and life on the road, to international recognition for his films Oscar Shortlisted Documentary ‘Meru’ and 7x Emmy Award Winning and Academy Award for Best Documentary ‘Free Solo’, and the lessons along the way.

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