If you are one of the 760,000 people following Jimmy Chin on Instagram, then no doubt you’ve already heard something about Meru, a film following Chin, Conrad Anker, and Renan Ozturk’s pursuit to climb the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru in the Himalayas. If you don’t follow Chin (do yourself a favor), then here’s the synopsis from the film’s official website:
“After suffering dramatic set backs in their lives, three close friends who are among the world's best professional climbers battle their complicated pasts, inner demons and nature's harshest elements in an attempt to confront the Shark's Fin on Mount Meru, the most technically complicated and dangerous peak in the Himalayas, one that has never been scaled to completion.”
Anker, Chin, and Ozturk—all professional mountaineers—first attempted Meru in 2008. An intended seven-day trip turned to a 20-day epic after a storm covered the mountain in 10 feet of snow. They were beaten back 100 meters below the summit, and returned home defeated. Three years later, in 2011, Anker convinced his friends to try the Shark’s Fin once again. In the words of Jon Krakauer, the best-selling author of Into Thin Air, to climb Meru, “You can't just be a good ice climber. You can't just be good at altitude. You can't just be a good rock climber. It's defeated so many good climbers and maybe will defeat everybody for all time. Meru isn't Everest. On Everest you can hire Sherpas to take most of the risks. This is a whole different kind of climbing."
The documentary won an audience award at the Sundance Film Festival last winter, and today, the trailer dropped, teasing a film tour in August and September in theaters from California to New York. Meru is not a ski movie. But considering the film’s high-altitude pursuits, not to mention the people involved, we’d highly recommend checking this one out. For more information, head on over to MeruFilm.com.