By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Brie Larson has won an Academy Award, been a superhero and has now become one of the people who have successfully scaled the Grand Teton summit.
The “Captain Marvel” star posted a 16-minute YouTube video to her account this week, detailing her trip to Wyoming last summer with her personal trainer, Jason Walsh, and Academy Award winning photographer and videographer Jimmy Chin.
Walsh is from Wyoming and Chin is based out of Jackson. He recently nabbed an Academy Award for his work on the documentary film “Free Solo,” while Larson was honored for her lead role in the drama “Room.”
In the video, Larson discusses her workout regime with Walsh as she was preparing to film “Captain Marvel,” which was released in March 2019. She said that although she felt she’d hit every goal she wanted to, Walsh and his friend Chin had another challenge for her.
“Jimmy said, ‘I want to bring you to my home turf. Come to Wyoming, we’re going to climb the Grand,'” Larson said. “I, of course, accepted because it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
However, the actress worried about whether or not she would be able to complete the climb, even with all of the training she did for the superhero film. She joked that although she plays a superhuman in movies, there are “a lot” of CGI and wires to help her achieve that portrayal.
None of the three climbers, Larson, Walsh and Chin, told anyone about the excursion until now, because they wanted to find a proper way to release the film of the journey.
In the YouTube video, the three provide commentary over footage recorded from the climb in August 2019. Chin is seen telling Larson how to properly pack her backpack for the long climb.
“You don’t think about how much water weighs until you have to carry it,” Larson joked in her commentary.
Larson also is seen viewing the Grand Teton mountains, which she describes as “gnarly” and notes that she didn’t even Google the mountains before going on the trip.
Larson and Walsh trained for about six weeks prior to the climb, but they were thankfully in “pretty good” shape prior to that.
The rest of the video details the trio’s exhausting and exhilarating trip up the mountain.