Jimmy Chin Answers The Tough Questions

To celebrate the release of his recent mountaineering film "Meru" on iTunes and Amazon, Chin took to Twitter to answer questions from fans

Nov 11, 2015
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Jimmy Chin on Meru in 2011.    Photo: Renan Ozturk / Music Box Films

Meru made the jump from film festival darling to silver screen surprise earlier this summer, and this month it has come to home theaters via iTunes and Amazon Video. The film follows mountaineers Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk as they attempt the first summit of the Shark’s Fin of Mount Meru in India. It racked up accolades at Mountainfilm and Banff Film Festival and was widely praised by the climbing community. It also debuted last week in the number one slot on the iTunes documentary chart and, on November 11, collected four Cinema Eye Honor nominations.

“The trick was to craft a film that spoke a universal truth that everyone could relate to and make sure that it still speaks authentically to the core community as well,” Chin told Outside on Wednesday. “That spread—from ten-year-old girls who felt like they got something out of it, to salty old alpinists—means a lot to me.”

To celebrate the film’s Amazon release, Chin, who co-directed the film with his wife E. Chai Vasarhelyi, hosted a Twitter Q&A where he answered everything from "Do you like Alex Honnold?" (Yes, very much) to "What do you always travel with?" (Music).

“It’s an interesting way to engage the audience because I think there are a lot of people who have questions and you don’t always get an opportunity to connect with them,” Chin said. 

Here are some of our favorite responses:

@thebenshanahan asked: What is the most dangerous climb you've ever done?
@ADKinLA asked: Seems you've been everywhere! If you could only go back to 1 spot where would you go?
@HiRezLife asked: What's next for you? What camera do you use?
@Bjmack asked: A lot of you guys have spouses and kids. How do you balance that quest for adventure and being a responsible husband and dad?
@DrewBattleson asked: If you had to call somewhere besides Jackson home, where would that be?
@heythorp asked: Do you hate @AlexHonnold as much as @cedarwright does?
@phaedrus1988 asked: What advice would you give to an aspiring climber? And Meru was phenomenal!!!

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