• October 23, 2014

Instants: Scaling New Heights

In our new series “Instants,” the Proof staff brings you a snapshot of recent dispatches from the @natgeo Instagram feed. Follow us to experience more from National Geographic on Instagram.

Take just one look at photographer Jimmy Chin’s Instagram feed and it’s hard not to be jealous of his adventures. He’s a rock climber, photographer and filmmaker who loves to push the envelope. Chin takes us to places most of us will never be able go, simply because of our own physical limitations. One second he’s on the side of Yosemite’s El Capitan, the next he’s soaring over New York city.

Watch this great video where Chin describes what drives him to stretch his own personal limits.

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Night flight over Gotham.

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Found some magical spots in South Africa. If you’re searching for big game, this is a pretty good spot to do it. Not a bad place to sleep either.

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A recent commercial shoot in Yosemite.

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Exclusive access at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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A fun lap on Half Dome in Yosemite a couple weeks ago.

Follow Jimmy Chin on Twitter and Instagram.

There are 8 Comments. Add Yours.

  1. Harry
    October 28, 2014

    “game”…? the description of the second photograph shouldn’t be on the national geographic.

  2. Ruth
    October 28, 2014

    Stunning capture of experience and vision. No need to feel disturbed – life isn’t all about you – sometimes it’s about what someone else can or cannot do. Celebrate gifts, opportunities, achievements, and empathise with failures and weaknesses, even if they aren’t yours. We all bring gifts and some may travel the world in books or pictures only.

  3. Bobbie Wilson
    October 28, 2014

    Your awesome, thank you for sharing your adventures.

  4. Ken
    October 25, 2014


  5. Irene Lim
    October 24, 2014

    Amazing pictures and Great heights!
    Keep doing what you love! 🙂

  6. Tedbabe
    October 24, 2014

    Wonderful pictures

  7. Carrie Ross
    October 23, 2014

    It’s unfortunate that you are feeling disturbed! We all have purpose and it’s OK to celebrate and appreciate others for what they do.

    Amazing pictures! Love them and thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. Rich Persoff
    October 23, 2014

    Mr. Chin is able and willing to do things that I was not, even in my best ’20’s, post Army, backpacking fitness.

    I am disturbed by being shown extreme experiences that are beyond me: Am I to feel guilty that I cannot do them? Am I am to admire those who have the ability and foolhardy disregard of consequences to do them? Am I to feel “less” because I can not/choose not to do them, and thus am less valuable as an everyday citizen?

    A similar question arises from TV shows which feature people wealthy and disconnected enough to have second homes in resort areas.

    What is the impact on our society if all its members are constantly and enthusiastically presented with a world outside ourselves that is much etter, more exciting, more satisfying than the one we are in?

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