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Edge of the Unknown with Jimmy Chin

Edge of the Unknown with Jimmy Chin

Photo Credit:  Nat Geo/Teague Wasserman
  • Premiered: 
    September 5, 2022
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  • Network: Nat Geo
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Adventure
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Plot Synopsis

From executive producers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Alpinist Jimmy Chin, EDGE OF THE UNKNOWN WITH JIMMY CHIN is a half-hour series that takes audiences inside the minds of elite adventure athletes through transformative stories of confronting fear, devastating personal loss and Mother Nature at her harshest. Through intimate interviews and self-shot archival footage from surfers, climbers, snowboarders, polar explorers and kayakers, we witness the mental, physical and emotional toll of their high-stakes endeavors. This series features the stories of pioneering elite adventure athletes, like professional climber Conrad Anker, big mountain skier Angel Collinson, big mountain freeride snowboarder Travis Rice, big wave surfer Justine Dupont, and more. EDGE OF THE UNKNOWN WITH JIMMY CHIN debuted on Monday, September 5, 2022 from 9:30-10:30pm ET/PT, as Nat Geo premiered back-to-back episodes. The next day, the series moves to its regular timeslot -- Tuesdays at 10pm. Episodes include:

"Before Free Solo" (Monday, September 5, 2022 at 9:30pm): In preparation for his impossible climb featured in "Free Solo," renowned mountain climber Alex Honnold (@alexhonnold) trained in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Witness the never-before-told story of Honnold's "secret solo" and preparation for his generation-defining climb.

"The No Fall Zone" (Monday, September 5, 2022 at 10:00pm): Angel Collinson (@angelcollinson) is one of the most accomplished big mountain freestyle skiers in the world. While in Alaska, Collinson had a fall that sent her tumbling 1,000 feet down the side of a mountain. Collinson looks back on the accident and reflects how it triggered an awakening and a new phase of her life.

"Fight or Die" (Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at 10pm): Professional whitewater kayaker Gerd Serrasolses (@gerdserrasolses) was filming in Chiapas, Mexico, when he nearly drowned running a 50-foot waterfall. Knocked unconscious, he survived three and a half minutes underwater and was revived by his teammates. Now, Serrasolses looks back on his experience and shares how it forced him to reevaluate risk.

"Return to Life" (Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at 10:30pm): Legendary climber Conrad Anker (@conrad_anker) has been pushing the limits of mountaineering for the last 30 years. While hanging from the side of Lunag Ri, the tallest unclimbed peak in the Himalayas, at an altitude of 20,000 feet, Anker suffered a heart attack. Witness as he recounts what he learned from that trip and his astonishing self-rescue.

"Riding the Avalanche" (Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 10pm): In 2016, big-mountain freeride snowboarder Travis Rice (@travisrice) was riding in the backcountry of Alaska when he was catapulted into an avalanche. Rice reflects on the near-fatal mistake that forced him into unknown territory and shares how the traumatic event has shaped his approach to big mountain riding and life.

"Will Power" (Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 10:30pm): Mountain athlete Will Gadd (@realwillgadd) was attempting a first ascent of the 430-foot frozen waterfall Helmcken Falls in British Columbia. Gadd recounts twists and turns that came between him and his goal to ascend the hardest mixed ice and rock climb in the world.

"Eaten by Jaws" (Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 10pm): French surfer Justine Dupont (@justinedupont33) is one of the best big wave surfers in the world. At "Jaws," a surf break in Hawaii notorious for its 50-foot waves and perfect tubes, a violent wipeout sent her to the hospital. With the gift of hindsight, she explores how this enormous setback allowed her to regroup and return to reach new heights professionally.

"Live Another Day" (Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 10:30pm): On a climb close to home, Academy Award-winning filmmaker, National Geographic photographer and professional mountain sports athlete Jimmy Chin (@jimmychin) was caught in a massive class four avalanche. How did he survive, and how did it change him? Watch as he unpacks the event and the transformation that it triggered within himself.

"Deadly Waters" (Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 10pm): In 2010, expedition kayaker Ben Stookesberry (@benstookesberry), along with his longtime kayaking collaborator Chris Korbulic (@ckorbulic), embarked on a two-month expedition through Africa with legendary adventurer Hendri Coetzee that left them changed forever. Over a decade later, they look back on this fateful trip and ponder what they learned from it.

"Hunted in the Arctic" (Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 10:30pm): Polar explorer Sarah McNair-Landry (@sarahmcnairlandry), along with her brother Eric, attempted to be the first to kite ski 2,000 miles across the Northwest Passage in the brutal freezing winter. Years later, she looks back on the crucial decision she was forced to make during their expedition while being hunted by an apex predator.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Little Monster Films