For three mountain climbers, the answer was: try the impossible again after near-death experiences.
Meru is a documentary about the first ascent of the Shark’s Fin, the prize-piece of Himalayan big wall climbing.
It’s an incredible story of friendship, trust, and risk. It depicts not one but two attempts to climb Meru Peak by the three-man crew of Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk. Filmed by Chin and Ozturk while climbing, the footage is amazing, but what’s even more powerful is the emotional story.
A meditation on life, death, and everything in between
These are people who come much closer to death than most of us are comfortable with. They can’t refuse to talk about the end, because it might just happen sooner than anyone is prepared for.
The climbers and their families each have their own calculus to measure and accept risk in its different forms. The health risks and disasters. The fear of losing someone. The burden placed on family and friends. All up against the rewards of the summit and achieving what’s never been done before.
Watch the trailer here, or see Meru in theaters now.
Photo by Jimmy Chin.