Tonight, I saw renowned Alpinist/Photographer, Jimmy Chin, speak at Yale Law School Levinson Auditorium. I loved every minute of his presentation, which included still photos, a photo slide show, and a video. A major part of his talk was a recount of the 2008 attempt to climb Mount Meru via the “sharkfin” with Conrad Anker and Renan Ozturk. The three climbers suffered through 20 days of challenges on a steep mountain on the India/Pakistan border. Chin came to New Haven, Connecticut on his The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series tour. Trailblazer and Denali, two sister stores hosted Chin as part of their relationship with The North Face, Chin’s major sponsor.
I’ve followed Chin and his work for nearly a decade. I’ll never forget the 2003 National Geographic article about Chin’s amazing trip to the Chang Tang plateau of Tibet. It is one of my favorite all time Geographic stories. He was joined on the trip by three other accomplished outdoorsmen: Rick Ridgeway, Galen Rowell, and Anker. I previously mentioned this in a 2008 blog post.
So, when I learned that Chin was coming to CT, I knew I had to go see him. I’m just back from my trip to Hawaii, but I brought three friends to Yale to see Chin speak. We were fortunate to attend a pre-talk reception at Trailblazer for a couple of reasons. 1) we got to chat with Jimmy and get some cool insight into a recent project for National Geographic and 2) the event benefited the Connecticut Forest & Park Association, of which I am a director. Good for CFPA to be affiliated with the event and thanks goes to the Trailblazer/Denali crew for hosting Chin and benefitting CFPA.
Chin is a true adventurer and scores very high on my inspirational adventurer scoring system!
P.S. The auditorium was one cool building. Yale has amazing architecture.