Frank Chin, Yen Yen Chin
Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (m. 2013)
Meru, The Denali Experiment, 1 Mountain
National geographic live photographer jimmy chin climbing yosemite
Jimmy Chin (born October 12, 1973) is an American professional climber, mountaineer, skier, director and photographer.
- National geographic live photographer jimmy chin climbing yosemite
- Making the world s most difficult expeditions with a camera in hand jimmy chin
- Expedition career
- Filmmaking career
- Career highlights
- Personal life
He has organized and led numerous climbing, ski-mountaineering and exploratory expeditions to China, Pakistan, Nepal, Tanzania, Chad, Mali, South Africa, Borneo, India and Argentina. His achievements include climbing and skiing Mount Everest from the summit, making first ascents of big walls and alpine towers in the Karakoram Mountains of Pakistan and the Garwhal Himalayas of Northern India, crossing the Chang Tang Plateau in north-western Tibet on foot.
Making the world s most difficult expeditions with a camera in hand jimmy chin
He organized several climbing expeditions to Pakistan's Karakoram Mountains early in his career and signed a sponsorship agreement with the 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 is 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 Coulior 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 (Director of The Hours.) Jimmy later accompanied Ed Viesturs to Annapurna in 2005. Ed successfully climbed Annapurna and finished his quest to climb all of the world's 8000 meter peaks without oxygen. Jimmy 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 and Rob DesLauriers. They skied from the summit and are the only people to have skied the South Pillar route.
In May 2007, he 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.
Outside of major Himalayan expeditions, he has participated in numerous exploratory climbing and skiing expeditions to Baffin Island, Borneo, Mali, Chad, Pitcairn Island and other remote regions of the planet.
In 2011 Conrad Anker, Renan Ozturk and Jimmy Chin made the first ascent of Shark's Fin in the Garwhal Himalayas in India. His film of the climb, Meru, was awarded the Golden Piton by Climbing Magazine for Best Big Wall Climb of the Year and voted the #1 ascent of the year by Rock and Ice Magazine - and won the U.S. Audience Documentary Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
Jimmy began filming in 2003 under the mentorship of Rick Ridgeway. His first attempt as a cinematographer resulted in an hour long television special for National Geographic called Deadly Fashion. He later worked with David Breashears, shooting Ed Viesturs climbing to the summit of Mount Everest. Jimmy worked as a cinematographer with Chris Malloy of Woodshed films on the feature documentary 180 South.
In 2010, Jimmy started the production company, Camp 4 Collective with Tim Kemple and Renan Ozturk. Jimmy shot and directed branded content videos and commercials for such companies as The North Face, Pirelli and Apple. Jimmy sold Camp 4 Collective to his partners in 2014. His feature-length documentary Meru, co-directed with wife Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
Publications (most recent)
A 1996 alumnus of Carleton College, he received a BA in Asian Studies.
He married Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, a director and producer, on May 26, 2013.