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Movie Recommendation: Meru

September 11, 2015

Last night Matt & I went on a movie date to see a film he has been looking forward to for a while: Meru.

Meru_Poster

Mount Meru is located at the headwaters of the Ganges River in Northern India, with the 21,000 ft Shark’s Fin (a big wall on Mount Meru) seeing the largest number of failed attempts by elite climbing teas than any other Himalayan ascent. A team of three climbers – Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk – made an attempt.

The big thing to recognize about Meru is that it is considered the Anti-Everest. There aren’t hundreds of people making the climb every year, and there are no sherpas to carry your stuff. You carry what you need, and the terrain that they were facing on the Shark’s Fin had so much variety that the amount of gear required is astronomical.

The movie follows several years in the three climbers life, offering insight into their climbing histories, a view of their families, and the day-to-day of three amazing climbers making an amazing attempt.

Conrad Anker in MERU. Courtesy of Music Box Films. Photo by Jimmy Chin.

Conrad Anker in MERU. Courtesy of Music Box Films. Photo by Jimmy Chin.

I’m not going to provide any spoilers, but it was a great film. While climbers will be most likely to love it, it is a great story for anyone who is impressed by the super human feats that people continue to accomplish.

Watch the trailer here.

The movie Meru isn’t available everywhere, only at select theaters. You can visit this link to see where the movie is showing near you. There are several theatres having their opening night tonight, September 11th!

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