Alex Honnold mid-climb during his free solo ascent of Yosemite's El Capitan. Jimmy Chin/National Geographic photo.
After winning the Academy Award for Best Documentary earlier this year, Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s film Free Solo won seven Emmy Awards this weekend. The film won for outstanding directing for a documentary/nonfiction program, outstanding cinematography, sound editing, sound mixing, picture editing, music composition and best achievement in interactive media. For those of you living under a rock, the film documents Alex Honnold’s successful free solo climb of Yosemite’s El Capitan. Spoiker: he makes it. But the film is absolutely still worth watching again and again.
From our perspective, it’s pretty cool to see a film like Free Solo be elevated to the world of highbrow shows like Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Family Guy, or Saturday Night Live. You know, the stuff that average Americans watch in their free time. All in all, congratulations again to the whole crew that made this film happen!
TGR Lead Editor Justin Fann in his natural element. | Nic Alegre photo. Working at TGR is definitely a work-hard play-hard environment. But lucky for us, much of the working hard looks a lot like playing hard. For TGR Lead Editor Justin Fann, who’s been around here longer than most of us, that daily routine usually involves getting his hands dirty on some of the biggest projects we’ve ever worked on. We’re talking films like Andy Irons: Kissed by God, Deeper, Higher, and any of the annual
Kai Jones bidding adieu to yet another epic season at our home mountain Jackson Hole! | Nic Alegre photo. Closing day is always a bittersweet one, meaning our favorite time of year has come to an end yet again. However, we have to say, the ’20-’21 season at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort was certainly one to remember. Like at many other ski resorts, it was the season that almost didn’t happen, thanks to the global Covid-19 pandemic. But, thanks to the hard work of our friends at the resort,
Kent Kreitler is a living legend and TGR Hall of Famer. He’ll be remembered as the skier who helped bring tricks to the backcountry, but he’s so much more than that. He was part of an elite crew of skiers that pioneered big mountain skiing in Alaska…the generation that lived fast and took chances. In part two of the podcast on The Powell Movement, he talks about the Tahoe years, filming with the Standard Crew, stomping tricks in the terrain park on 215cm skis, the X Games, sponsors, money,