The cover of Mountain Gazette 197 features professional climber Tommy Caldwell on the Dawn Wall of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. The photograph was captured by Jimmy Chin, who makes his Mountain Gazette debut with a ten-page gallery of stunning images.
Welcome, Jimmy Chin
We are super pleased to welcome Jimmy Chin as a contributor to Mountain Gazette. Also inside is the return of John Fayhee with a decades long look at the writer’s unique relationship with a con-man, a retrospective on the work of architect Henrik Bull, a wild, unforgettable river trip in Mexico, a season long piece about the bighorn sheep vs. backcountry skier debate in Jackson, urban climbing, a look back at the outdoor culture of Ukraine before the Russian invasion, and much more of the writing and photography you’ve come to expect from MG. Plus! It’s all wrapped up in an extra thick issue that's 140 pages and includes a tear-out poster.
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Background on Tommy Caldwell
Featured here on the cover of Mountain Gazette 197, Tommy Caldwell is a professional climber and mountaineer. He's known for accomplishments in trad and big wall climbing as well as record-setting climbs around the world, including the first free ascent of the Dawn Wall on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, which he completed in 2015 with Kevin Jorgeson.
In addition to his achievements in the mountains, Caldwell is also an author and public speaker who shares his unique experiences and perspective on alpinism, mountaineering, and the role the mind plays in achievement. More on his website.
A Little Bit About Jimmy Chin
Jimmy Chin is a professional climber, mountaineer, skier, photographer, and filmmaker-director. His documentary films "Meru" and "Free Solo" are known widely in mountain communities, and "Free Solo" won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2019.
Chin has also been a part of numerous high-profile climbing and mountaineering expeditions, including the first ascent of the Shark's Fin on Meru Peak in the Indian Himalayas. In addition to his work as a filmmaker and climber, Chin is also a National Geographic photographer.