MERU: Documentary About Three Climbers’ Quest to Ascend the Shark’s Fin
What an amazing documentary! I had heard about it some months ago on a brief NPR segment, and the description (and name) stuck in my head. I made a mental note to track down the film… and then lost track of it.
From the moment it began, I was captivated. Here’s the trailer:
Meru is about three seasoned climbers: Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk. It’s Anker who has the vision of ascending Meru, and the film follows the trials they undergo – both on and off the mountain.
Author Jon Krakauer is a voice that appears throughout the doc, and this is his summary of Meru:
It has been a long while since I’ve been moved by a documentary. I was reminded of The Bridge and The Great Happiness Space – something compelling that just draws you into an entirely different world from the one you know.
The views are amazing, the storyline inspiring – Meru is just a tremendous doc all around. I highly, highly recommend it if you come across it. And if you’re an Amazon Prime member – seek this film out!
[Photos: Jimmy Chin]