Jimmy Chin


Jimmy Chin was born in Mankato, Minnesota, United States on October 12th, 1973 and is the Photographer. At the age of 50, Jimmy Chin biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
October 12, 1973
United States
Place of Birth
Mankato, Minnesota, United States
50 years old
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Mountaineer, Photographer
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Carleton College
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Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
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Jimmy Chin Career

Jimmy has photographed and participated in expeditions on all seven continents. Some of the notable expeditions are listed below. Outside of major expeditions, Chin has also participated in numerous exploratory climbing and skiing expeditions to Alaska, Argentina, Baffin Island, Borneo, Chile, Mali, Chad, the Pitcairn Islands and other remote regions of the planet.

In 1999 to 2001, Chin organized several climbing expeditions to Pakistan's Karakoram Mountains. He signed a sponsorship agreement with The North Face in 2001.

In 2002, he was asked to join a National Geographic expedition to make an unsupported crossing of the remote Chang Tang Plateau in Tibet with Galen Rowell, Rick Ridgeway and Conrad Anker. The expedition was featured in National Geographic's April 2003 issue and documented in Rick Ridgeway's book The Big Open.

In 2003, Chin headed to Everest with Stephen Koch. They attempted the direct North Face via the Japanese Couloir to the Hornbein Couloir in alpine style, eschewing supplemental oxygen, fixed ropes and camps. They were unsuccessful and both were nearly killed in an avalanche.

In May 2004, Chin climbed Everest with David Breashears and Ed Viesturs while filming for Working Title on a feature film project with Stephen Daldry. Chin later accompanied Ed Viesturs to Annapurna in 2005. Viesturs successfully climbed Annapurna and finished his quest to climb all of the world's 8000 meter peaks without oxygen. Chin photographed the expedition and the story was featured in the September 2005 issue of Men's Journal.

In October 2006, he achieved the first successful American ski descent of Mount Everest with Kit DesLauriers and Rob DesLauriers. They skied from the summit and are the only people to have skied the South Pillar Route on the Lhotse Face.

In May 2007, Chin joined the Altitude Everest Expedition as a climber and expedition photographer in an attempt to retrace George Mallory and Sandy Irvine's fateful last journey up the North Face of Everest.

In 2007, Chin ventured to Borneo with Mark Synnott, Conrad Anker, and Alex Honnold to make a first ascent of a 2,500-foot overhanging alpine big wall at an elevation of 14,000 feet on Mount Kinabalu.

In 2008, Chin, Conrad Anker, and Renan Ozturk made their first attempt on the Shark's Fin, a 1,500-foot blade of granite leading to the summit of 21,000-foot Meru Central, in India’s Garhwal Himalaya range. They spend 19 days on the wall but are forced to turn back just 100 meters short of the summit.

In 2009, on an expedition to Chad's remote Ennedi Desert, Chin, Alex Honnold, Renan Ozturk, Mark Synott, and James Pearson made numerous first ascents of sandstone towers and arches — and got mugged at knifepoint by a band of marauders.

Outside of major Himalayan expeditions, Chin has participated in numerous exploratory climbing and skiing expeditions to Baffin Island, Borneo, Mali, Chad, the Pitcairn Islands, Antarctica and other remote regions of the planet.

In April 2011, Chin survived a class-4 avalanche in the Grand Tetons, his home mountain range.

In October 2011 Chin, Conrad Anker and Renan Ozturk made the first ascent of the Shark's Fin route on Meru Central in the Garhwal Himalayas in India. They had tried the same climb in 2008, but were forced to turn around 100m from the summit. His film of the climb, Meru, was released in theaters in 2015.

Filming for Free Solo commenced in 2016. Chin, Alex Honnold and the film crew filmed in Yosemite and Morocco over the course of the next 2 years. Free Solo was released in theaters in 2018.

In 2017, Chin and Anker established a new route on Ulvetanna—the Wolf's Fang—in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica.

In 2020, Chin, Anker, Jim Morrison, and Hilaree Nelson climbed and skied Mount Vinson, the highest peak in Antarctica, in a one- day push. The team spent less than 48 hours at the mountain. They went on to attempt to climb and ski the French Route on Mount Tyree, the second highest peak in Antarctica, but turned around due to high avalanche danger.

Filmmaking career

Chin began filming in 2003 under the mentorship of Rick Ridgeway. He was a cinematographer for the National Geographic television special Deadly Fashion. He later worked with David Breashears, shooting Ed Viesturs climbing to the summit of Mount Everest. He worked as a cinematographer with Chris Malloy of Woodshed films on the feature documentary 180 South.

In 2010, Chin started the commercial production company Camp 4 Collective with Tim Kemple and Renan Ozturk. He sold the company to his partners in 2014.

Chin collaborated with his wife Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi to produce and direct the feature-length documentary Meru, about his 2011 climb. It premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, winning the US Audience Documentary Award.

Alex Honnold and Chin started climbing together in 2009 but it was not until 2015 that Honnold chose Chin and wife Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi to film his process of climbing up El Capitan.

On June 3, 2017, Chin led a team that filmed Alex Honnold on the first ever rope-free ascent of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Collaborating again with Vasarhelyi, they produced and directed the feature-length documentary Free Solo. Free Solo went on to win the People's Choice Award: Documentaries at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, the 2018 BAFTA Award for Best Documentary, and the 2018 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Chin and Chai's 2021 documentary, The Rescue, chronicles the 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue, during which twelve boys belonging to an association football team and their assistant coach were rescued from inside a flooded cave in northern Thailand. The film, which premiered in select theaters in October 2021, won the People's Choice Documentary Award at the Toronto International Film Festival and received generally positive reviews.


Jimmy Chin Awards
  • Nominee Piolet D'Or International Climbing award
  • Outside Magazine's Adventurers of the Year 2012
  • American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) Sports and Adventure Winner
  • Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Foundation's Award
  • National Geographic and Microsoft Emerging Explorers Grant
  • Galen Rowell Memorial Photography Award
  • Lyman Spitzer Adventure Award: K7 Climbing Expedition
  • Polartec Grant Recipient: K7 Climbing Expedition
  • Honorary Doctorate, Sustainability Science, Unity College, Unity, Maine
  • Carleton College Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement
  • National Geographic Photographer’s Photographer Award
  • National Geographic Further Award (2020)
  • Murie Spirit of Conversation Award
  • Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival for Meru (2015)
  • Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for Free Solo (2018)
  • GQ Man of the Year (2021)
  • Ken Burn’s American Heritage Prize

JOAN COLLINS: I'm an Oscar voter, but I have to ask: Why are so many new films dark and troubling - what happened to glamour?

www.dailymail.co.uk, March 13, 2024
Hollywood is a twitter from early January to mid-March. In La La Land, it's awards season. A pair of stylists fly in a preview of gowns for the 'female actors' (which I also reject in favour of the gracious and feminine 'actress' as well as some of the more flamboyant'male actors.' The make-up and hair specialists, nail technicians, and facialists all followed the stylists. They arrive from New York, Paris, and London, working frantically to make their client the epitome of glamour, not glamour, but instead beauty and 'trendiness,' rather than glamour.

American skier Kasha Rigby, 54, shared heart-breaking final post before being killed in Kosovo avalanche describing the harsh 'sideways rain' and 'too high winds'

www.dailymail.co.uk, February 16, 2024
Rigby's last post to social media characterized the hills as "sideways rain" and "high winds" before she died after being trapped in an avalanche. Magnus Wolfe Murray, the pioneering actress, was in Brezovica, Kosovo, with her fiancé Magnus Wolfe Murray when she was trapped in a small avalanche that swept her into the trees on Tuesday. According to reports, she was killed on impact. According to Back Country Magazine, Wolfe Murray was able to reach her in 20 seconds and tried to resuscitate her, but was unsuccessful.

In Kosovo, American skier Kasha Rigby, 54, was killed

www.dailymail.co.uk, February 15, 2024
By Euronew.albania, the death of a 54-year-old skier was first announced on Tuesday. According to Radio Free Europe, the avalanche's perpetrator was a "54-year-old foreign citizen." Magnus Wolfe Murray, the pioneering actress, was in Brezovica with her fiancé Magnus Wolfe Murray when she was trapped in a small avalanche that swept her into the trees.