Former Mankato Minnesota resident Jimmy Chin who is a renowned climber now has Oscar Winner to add to his list of accomplishments. Chin and his wife Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi who also was co-director won an Oscar for "Best Documentary" for their film called Free Solo.

The movie which is a National Geographic documentary is about a rock climber named Alex Honnold who tries to free climb El Capitan's 900-meter vertical rock face at Yosemite National Park. Chin was among one of the climbers and cinematographers during the making of the historic film. Free Soloing is climbing with out ropes or safety gear making it that much more dangerous. Watching this trailer my stomach was on the floor the entire time. I personally am scared to death of heights and this is just absolutely unbelievable to watch.  For more information about the making of this movie Click Here.