Jimmy Chin

Jimmy's abilities behind the camera shooting photography or making award-winning films are equal to his skills on rock, snow, or high-alpine terrain – he’s second to very few. With more than 20 years of climbing, skiing, exploring, and documenting almost every corner of the globe under his belt, Jimmy’s reputation as a leading adventurer only continues to grow. Chin now spends time between Jackson, WY, and NYC, raising a family with his wife, Elizabeth, in between journeys.


Q: What goes through your head when you first wake up in the morning when you go climbing?

 

A: Oh boy!

 

Q: Where is your favorite place to climb?

 

A: Tetons, Bugaboos, Yosemite, Garhwal Himalayas

 

Q: How do you up your game year after year?

 

A: Focusing on creativity - taking what you’ve learned in one area of life and applying it in another area

 

Q: Who are your heroes?

 

A: Anyone who commits a life to helping others

 

Q: If there is any love­-hate relationship with any aspect of what you do, can you describe what that is?

 

A: Being a filmmaker and photographer in the mountains is a love-hate relationship. Sometimes I wonder if I would have been better off just focusing on the athletic or physical aspect of my career. But then there are days when I’ve come back with footage or photos I am happy with, and all is right in the world.

 

Q: What sound or noise do you love?

 

A: The sounds of skis carving in silky powder or a surfboard cutting through perfect glassy waves

 

Q: What would be your day job if you weren’t doing what you are currently doing?

 

A: Cabinetmaker

 

Q: If you could bring anybody in the world with you to do what you love (dead or alive), who would it be?

 

A: My kids
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