Jimmy Chin Biography
Jimmy Chin born in Mankato, Minnesota, U.S, is an American professional climber, mountaineer, skier, director, and photographer. He is known for 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, and crossing the Chang Tang Plateau in north-western Tibet on foot.
Jimmy Chin Age
Jimmy Chin was born on October 12, 1973 (45 years) as of 2018. He is an American Citizen.
Jimmy Chin Family
Chin was born and raised in Mankato, Minnesota to Frank Chin and Yen Yen Chin. Both his parents were born in China; his father was from Wenzhou and his mother from Harbin. Both of them worked as librarians. He graduated from Mankato West High School. Later, he attended Carleton College, where he received a BA in Asian Studies. He began climbing while still at Carleton. After college, he became a climbing vagabond and then discovered photography as a way of making a living at it.
Jimmy Chin Wife
On May 26, 2013, Chin married Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, a director and producer. They met at a conference in 2012. They have two kids; Marina, born on September 25, 2013, and James, was born on December 7, 2015.
Jimmy Chin Net Worth
Information about his net worth is unclear.
Jimmy Chin Career
Climbing And Mountaineering Career.
In 2001, he organized several climbing expeditions to Pakistan’s Karakoram Mountains and signed a sponsorship agreement with The North Face.
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, he 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, Jimmy Chin climbed Everest again with David Breashears and Ed Viesturs while filming for Working Title on a feature film project with Stephen Daldry (Director of The Hours.) In 2005, he accompanied Ed Viesturs to Annapurna. Ed successfully climbed Annapurna and finished his quest to climb all of the world’s 8000-meter peaks without oxygen. He 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. This, an attempt to retrace George Mallory and Sandy Irvine’s fateful last journey up the North face of Everest.
In 2001, chin organized several climbing expeditions to Pakistan’s Karakoram Mountains and signed a sponsorship agreement with The North Face.
In 2011 he, Conrad Anker and Renan Ozturk 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.
On June 3, 2017, Chin accompanied Alex Honnold on the first ever rope-free ascent of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.
He began filming in 2003 under the mentorship of Rick Ridgeway. His first film was an hour-long television special for National Geographic called Deadly Fashion. Later, he worked with David Breashears, shooting Ed Viesturs climbing to the summit of Mount Everest. He also worked as a cinematographer with Chris Malloy of Woodshed films on the feature documentary 180 South.
In 2010, Chin started the production company, Camp 4 Collective with Tim Kemple and Renan Ozturk. He shot and directed branded content videos and commercials for companies such as The North Face, Pirelli, and Apple. In 2014, he sold Camp 4 Collective to his partners.
He co-directed with his wife Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, his feature-length documentary Meru, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. In 2018, their film Free Solo won the People’s Choice Award: Documentaries at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.
Jimmy Chin Documentary|Jimmy Chin Free Solo
Meru is a 2015 documentary film chronicling the first ascent of the “Shark’s Fin” route on Meru Peak in the Indian Himalayas. He, his wife Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Shannon Ethridge are the directors of the documentary. Three elite climbers fight through feelings of obsession and loss as they struggle to climb Mount Meru.
The film was nominated for:
- Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature
- Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Documentaries
2016 · Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
- PGA Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures
2016 · Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Jimmy Chin Avalanche
The Beast Born Of Snow: What It Feels Like In The Jaws Of An Avalanche
It is April Fools Day 2011 and Jimmy Chin, the renowned adventure photographer and filmmaker, is shooting a couple of professional snowboarders in the Teton Range in Wyoming. This is one of the first really warm days of the spring season and so there is a lot of action in the snowpack. It is the kind of day where the risk of avalanche is high enough that everyone has their antennae up. But all three men are expert mountaineers who know how to read the conditions.
Chin — who is on skis — has just worked his way through a narrow band of snow called a couloir, and is continuing his descent down the peak. He makes one turn and then a second. And then there is a crack and the slope becomes riddled with a spider web of breaches. The snowdrops out from under Chin and he begins a 2,000-foot tumble down the mountain in what would later be described as a class 3 to 4 (out of a scale of 5) avalanche — an event that can snap trees, pummel cars and crush houses. Surviving is a matter of expertise, equipment, and luck.
About 30 people die in avalanches each year in the U.S. Those numbers have held pretty steady in spite of more and more adventurers exploring the back country in winter, something experts credit to avalanche awareness programs. Twenty-five percent of people caught in an avalanche are killed by the trauma, the rest die from asphyxiation. Jimmy Chin’s April Fool’s avalanche was trying to obliterate him anyway it could.
“There’s a tremendous amount of mass moving. If you can imagine you are in a car crash, but then think of being in a train crash,” he says.
As he somersaulted down the mountain engulfed in a blizzard, Chin says it was like being held under by a giant wave. He couldn’t catch his breath. The snow was pushing into his eyes, down his throat and crushing his face. At times he estimated he was down 30- to 50-feet deep and he prayed the slide didn’t stop them because there would be no chance for rescue.
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