Reaching the Peak with Jimmy Chin

Pacific Ocean Wall, El Capitain, Yosemite, CA

Hanging Around With Jimmy

Jimmy Chin. Not exactly the kind of guy you want to say “because it’s there“ to. The photographer-filmmaker-alpinist-adventurer has skied off of Everest, climbed untold ascents with a camera strap in his teeth and directed an award-winning documentary. HANAH founder Joel Einhorn asks what makes him tick.

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Joel Einhorn: When you’re not training or working, what do you do with your time?
JC: I am reading The New York Times and catching up on New Yorker articles. I’m a news junkie.

JE: What is one (or more) thing you do for health or fitness every day?
JC: I try to do something active every day, even if it is for 30 minutes. Gotta keep the blood moving! I’m the master of the hotel room workout… minimum is some core and push ups, but if I can get a run in, that helps. Obviously a big day in the mountains or long session in the ocean paddling/surfing are the ideal scenarios. And, of course, I take my HANAH ONE every day!

JE: How do you stay in shape?
JC: It’s about consistency. It helps if you are inspired by the landscape around you to get outside and play—so never underestimate where you spend your time.

JE: Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever been?
JC: My latest climbing expedition to Queen Maud Land was up there for coldest and coolest places I’ve ever been. Truly felt like I was on another planet, specifically… Hoth.

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JE: If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and what would be the topic of discussion?
Jimmy Chin: Robert S. Mueller! Whaddya got?!

JE: What is your perfect last meal?
JC: Hard to say what the perfect last meal would be. I guess it would depend on how I am going out. I would prefer it to be extraordinarily decadent to the end and hopefully, I’ll be in a food coma when I pass.

JE: What do you do to reset?
JC: Going on expeditions is a good way to reset. Nothing helps you clean out the pipes than deprivation and hardship. As they say, you don’t get enlightened on a full stomach.

JE: If you weren’t a photographer/filmmaker/climber, you’d be:
JC: I think I would be a cabinet maker or architect. I’d want to build stuff—real stuff, where there is a clear and physical result.

JE: What would you say to your 16-year-old self?
JC: Trust in the cosmos but hitch your camel.