Jimmy Chin came to the Space to offer an IRIS Nights Lecture about his unique form of sports photography. What's so unusual about Jimmy's work you might ask? First of all he comes off as the nicest most unassuming guy you could ever meet.
He's almost cartoon character cute with an ever-present smile and a talent for understatement that would be hard to beat.
You would never guess by looking at him that he has climbed to the top of Mt. Everest a few times...and skied down from the top! Yes - this is him dutifully recording his friends walking across a ridge so that they could get to the best face to ski down. That little thing popping up from the ridge all the way to the right is a human being.
Jimmy said "we encountered a few minor obstacles getting across
..." which meant that they had to rappel down one side of a gap in the ridge more than 40 feet until they could get the right angle to SWING to the other side of the gap - AT 28,000+ FEET!!!! - where they could keep creeping along until they got to this side:
Then they skied down at a descent angle of more than 50 degrees.
The whole time he described this as is it were the most normal thing in the world. Or should I say the most normal thing at the TOP of the world.
And here's an intimate little portrait of the top of the world. The weather gets a little weird 5 miles up - who knew?
Can you tell what this is? Sure! Just a person walking across some rickety ladders strapped to each other to form a rickety bridge that I wouldn't walk across at 10 feet no less 28,000.
But THAT is what these crazy mountain people do!
A couple of Jimmy's mountain goat friends came to lecture to show support, including Emile Hirsch. Back in January Jimmy led a weeklong all-star Summit on the Summit expedition up Mount Kilimanjaro to bring awareness to the climate summit. Emile joined as did Jessica Biel, Lupe Fiasco, Isabel Lucas and Elizabeth Gore.
That kind of activism takes dedication.
Emile was kind enough to pose afterwards with his mountain mentor Jimmy.
So that was what Jimmy and Emile did on their Winter vacation
...while I caught up on my Tivo'd episodes of Heroes.