FROM Jimmy Chin
Climbing, Filming and Fear in 'Meru' If at once you don't succeed summiting a mountain and it nearly kills you, should you try, try, try again? In 2008, three mountain climbers set out to be the first team to scale Meru, a 21,000 foot mountain in the Himalayas. Along with 200 pounds of gear, Conrad Anker, Renan Ozturk and Jimmy Chin brought cameras to document the climb. That trip ended in failure just 100 meters from the summit. Three years later, despite setbacks, they tried again. That's the subject of the new documentary film Meru . Climber, codirector, producer and cinematographer Jimmy Chin joins us. An exhausted Renan Ozturk contemplates the long descent after making the summit. Jimmy Chin
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