Jimmy Chin – Free Solo
Jimmy Chin is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer, and mountain sports athlete, who has documented dozens of expeditions for National Geographic and The North Face,
In 2006 he was part of the first American team to climb, and then ski down the summit of Mount Everest.
And in 2011 he made the first ever ascent of the 20,000 foot Himalayan peak known as the “Shark’s Fin”, which became MERU, the award winning documentary film.
His latest movie, FREE SOLO, which he co-directed with his wife Chai Vasarhelyi, features Alex Honnold climbing, without ropes, the 3000 foot granite wall known as El Capitan.
Free Solo is coming to National Geographic March 3rd!
03:23 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
06:13 Brian’s introduction.
06:59 Sweating palms reaction to Jimmy’s new documentary film Free Solo.
11:59 What Free Solo is about and how people connect with it.
15:24 The mind-blowing concept and history of free soloing.
19:39 What Alex Honnold learned about being perfect from free soloing up Half Dome.
23:07 Why people climb.
25:21 Alex Honnold’s relationship with Sanni McCandless
28:56 Alex’ personality is one that allows him, or anyone in a high-performance situation, to succeed.
34:59 Deciding whether, or not to make the film knowing that someone could die in the process.
44:54 How Jimmy and perhaps Alex think about their own mortality.
48:25 Jimmy’s most-scariest moment when climbing.
50:35 The process of making the film and some of the production issues encountered.
1:00:04 What happened on the day the climb took place.
1:07:56 The Karate kick, the most intense part of the climb.
1:10:52 How it felt for Jimmy to have completed filming.
1:12:16 From Bafta to probable Oscar nomination.
1:13:01 Nobody’s ever achieved anything great by being happy and cosy.
1:14:31 Will this be Jimmy’s greatest film?
1:15:33 How does Jimmy physically achieve what he does.
1:16:43 His connection with nature.
1:19:44 Jimmy’s daily practice.
1:22:14 The best and worst days of his life.
1:23:34 What are Jimmy’s super powers.
1:25:14 What scares him shows why he makes the films he does.
1:27:05 What we might be surprised to know about Jimmy.
1:27:41 Did his Tiger mother influence him?
1:28:52 You only protect what you love.
1:30:14 Phone call to the 20 years old Jimmy.
1:30:49 Best advice ever received.
1:31:36 Success secrets.
1:32:28 Brian’s summing up.
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