Ten years ago or so, I was at the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City when someone said to me, “Do you know Jimmy Chin? He’s an up and coming climbing photographer – I think he’s gonna do great work. You guys should meet.” jkc150A couple hours later, by happenstance, we did. And a decade later, my friend was proven to have remarkable prescience: Chin is now a National Geographic photographer, with multiple features and covers; a principal in one of today’s top action film production companies, Camp 4 Collective; an Everest summitter and skier; and holder of numerous significant first ascents, including the Shark’s Fin on Meru. He’s also, not surprisingly, a prolific poster to Instagram.

Follow him on Instagram: @jimmy_chin

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“Penthouse suite. Kevin Jorgenson and Tommy Caldwell hanging out on El Cap.”

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“Uh-oh…one last frame from the #musandamexpedition. @hazel_findlay taking the plunge while deep water soloing, Oman.”

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“Denali.”

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“After two months of fighting bitter cold, massive storms and an avalanche that swept most of the climbing route on the Lhotse face, Dave Hahn, Kit and Rob DesLauriers make a late post monsoon summit bid on Everest. This shot of the team climbing above the Balcony at over 27,000ft with Makalu (the fifth highest peak in the world) in the background was one of the few frames I got that morning due to a frozen shutter. We were the only team on the mountain that season, a rare experience to have on Everest these days. Besides not having to deal with crowds, we chose to climb in the post monsoon for the best chance of having enough snow coverage to attempt a ski descent of the mountain. That ended up both working in our favor and against it.”

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“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion” – Camus

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“Momma’s Day! Be thankful. No one will ever love you more….Hanging with my mom in the backyard circa 1975.”

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“Smokey day in the Tetons.”

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“Into the Spines.” #bellacoola #spinessaurus

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“Mad Dog Basecamp.” #bellacoola

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“Baffin Island.”

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“One of my favorite unpublished shots from my Natty Geo assignment last spring bout Yosemite climbing. @kevinjorgeson on his tips.”

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“@deanpotter walking the talk above Yosemite Falls. Yosemite National Park, California”

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