"Meru": Risk and Responsibility in Climbing

World-renowned climber Jimmy Chin and filmmaker Elizabeth "Chai" Vasarhelyi talk about making Meru, a documentary about Chin, Conrad Anker, and Renan Ozturk's attempt to make the first successful ascent of the Shark's Fin on Mount Meru—a climb that has thwarted every previous summit attempt by the world's most elite climbers.

In making the documentary, Chin was passionate about revealing the friendships and mentorship within the climbing community, an aspect not typically depicted in climbing films. Chin and Vasarhelyi also discuss how risk-taking was a pervasive theme in the film—finding balance between risking too much and too little and how responsibilities to yourself and others impact decisions on the mountain.

Read more about Meru, the film.

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