Podcast: Jimmy Chin on “Free Solo” and #VoteTheOutdoors

The renowned photographer and filmmaker talks candidly about the ethical challenges of filming Alex Honnold's very dangerous attempt to climb El Capitan without a rope and the moral imperative of voting the outdoors this November.

October 5, 2018

In this quick-listen episode, Deborah Williams chats with renowned photographer and filmmaker Jimmy Chin about his new film with National Geographic, “Free Solo, which is in theaters nationwide this month. The film profiles Alex Honnold’s attempt to climb Yosemite’s El Capitan route with no ropes. Deborah and Jimmy talk about filmmaking, photography and advocating for public lands and waters. As an athlete with The North Face team, Chin has long used his platform to influence and inspire the outdoorist community.

The weekend “Free Solo” debuted, it broke opening-weekend box office numbers, illustrating a growing American awareness of and interest in the sport of climbing and the great outdoors, especially when told through the lens of a man determined to progress his sport and test the limits of his physical, mental and emotional abilities no matter this risk. That same weekend, Outdoor Industry Association launched our Voters Guide, the newest resource in our #VoteTheOutdoors campaign which aims to educate and empower Americans who care about the outdoors to vote accordingly.

We’ve seen the film, and it is truly a masterpiece. We are inspired, and we’re sure you will be too. So, here’s your to-do list for this weekend and the next month leading up to the 2018 midterm elections:

  • Listen to the podcast.
  • Go see “Free Solo” on the big screen. It is now playing at theaters around the country. You can find a full listing at nationalgeographic.com/films/free-solo/
  • Visit our 2018 Voters Guide to find out which candidates running for elected office have a track record for protecting outdoor treasures like the ones we see in Free Solo.
  • Share our Voters Guide tool with your friends and communities and encourage everyone to #VoteTheOutdoors this November.