National Geographic : 2011 May
INSIDE GEOGRAPHIC • PHOTO: MIKEY SCHAEFER ON ASSIGNMENT CliffHanger "WhatI'mdoinginthisphoto is the easy part," says Jimmy Chin (above), whose hair-raising images accompany this month's feature on Yosemite's most fearless climbers. "Though part of my brain is occupied with the fact that I'm hanging nearly 3,000 feet above the ground," he explains, the biggest challenge is in the planning. From figuring out how to get to a spot in the middle of Half Dome and what equipment was needed to get there, to carrying multiple loads of gear to the top of El Capitan, the preparation for one picture often took several days and many hands. For Chin, who spent nearly seven years after college climbing around Yosemite, it was typical work--- and a chance to return to his roots. "There were moments when I found myself spinning slowly on the rope, the iconic formations of Yosemite in the background. It would be so beautiful I'd almost forget to shoot." Jimmy Chin preps for a photo shoot near the top of Yosemite's El Capitan. NG Books The People's Pharmacy: Quick and Handy Home Remedies offers simple remedies for more than 60 common ailments. Habitual headaches or incessant acne? The cure may be as easy as opening up your cupboard ($16.95). Nat Geo Live Speaker Series Hear acclaimed photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher share stories from their latest book, Dinka: Legendary Cattle Keepers of Sudan---the result of 30 years spent documenting the war-torn country. WH O Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher WHEN May 11, 16, and 17 WH E RE Washington, D.C., and Seattle, Washington. For more information, go to nglive/events.org.