Climber, Filmmaker, Adventurer
In the past decade, Jimmy Chin has collaborated with some of the most progressive athletes and explorers in the world, participating in and documenting break through expeditions around the planet, from climbing first ascents in the Karakoram, to skiing first descents in the Himalayas. Jimmy is a National Geographic photographer and has received numerous awards for his work from PDN, Communication Arts, American Society of Magazine Editors and the Lowell Thomas Journalism Awards. As a director and cinematographer, he has shot and directed documentaries, TV and commercial projects for The North Face, Pirelli, National Geographic, Working Title, and RSA Films, to name a few. He filmed and directed the feature documentary Meru, which won the 2015 Audience Award at Sundance and 2016 Best in Festival at New York WILD. On the other side of the lens, Jimmy has been a sponsored climber and skier for the North Face Athlete Team for fifteen years. He is one of the few people to climb and ski Mount Everest from the summit and has been profiled in National Geographic Magazine, Outside Magazine, People Magazine, Men’s Journal and others. His most recent film, Free Solo featuring Alex Honnold’s 2017 free solo of El Capitan won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2019.