The 25 Most Adventurous Men of the Past 25 Years

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Jimmy Chin
Photograph by Ruven Afanador24/25

Jimmy Chin

Check out Jimmy Chin's round table discussion with Richard Branson and Ben Stookesberry here

From: Mankato, Minnesota

Age: 43

Feats: Photographed the world's top adventure athletes on their most out-there expeditions, from Tibet's Changtang Plateau to the big walls of Borneo to the top of One World Trade Center. Three of his photos are in these pages: Alex Honnold, Conrad Anker, and the opening image.

His (most) near-death experience: Fighting his way out from under 60 feet of snow and debris during a 2011 avalanche in the Tetons. "I never bought into the out-of-body-experience until I had one."

The talent that keeps him alive: Lungs and stamina. "It came from being a competitive swimmer from age eight — my dad made me swim everything from 50 meters to the 1,500. I'm not nearly the strongest guy out there, but I can sustain pace on the mountain."

The adventurer he admires the most: "I'm a purist at heart, and look up to guys who carry that torch, like Mike Horn. He's the classic guy who's also embraced new tech and is pushing it in ways that weren't possible before. That guy's a total animal."

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