VIDEO: INTERIEW WITH CONRAD ANKER AND JIMMY CHIN ON MERU, CLIMBING & MENTORSHIP

Conrad AnkerJimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk became the first people to ascent the central summit of Meru that is capped by a sheer granite wall called the Shark’s Fin. The trio’s difficult and challenging journey in Garhwal Himalayas in India is brilliantly captured in  their film Meru, which won the audience award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

I got an opportunity to interview Anker and Chin in San Francisco. My mind was a bubbling with questions and I curious to find out about their fascination and pull towards mountains and mountain climbing? Why do they climb mountains was a question that led us to other questions on how they prepare for their journey, why do they speak in such quiet tones, how did they film and climb? What is the role of mentor in the world of mountaineering?  Now that they have realized their dream of climbing Meru, what else do they plan to do? Tune in to find out what Anker and Chin had to share.

Meru is currently showing in theaters in the San Francisco Bay area.

 

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VIDEO: CONRAD ANKER & JIMMY CHIN ON MERU, CLICKING BABA & MANTRAS

Meru is a stunning and inspiring film that captures the gruelling and difficult journey of renowned mountaineers Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk’s ascent of Mount Meru in Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand, India. The film won the audience award at the 2015 Sundance International Film Festival.

How did the mountaineers prepare for their journey? What did the “Clicking Baba,” in Garhwal Himalayas tell them about climbing this mountain? What mantra did he give them that they recited multiple times a day as they climbed up the mountain. In 2011 Anker, Chin and Ozturk were the first group to ascent Mount Meru’s central summit and the famous Shark’s Fin.

This interview is a highlight of a longer one with Anker and Chin. Stay tuned for that interview.