Meru is a very large mountain in Northern India that has a feature called the Shark’s Fin. Professional climbers who have tried conquer this rock wall have to change climbing styles as he or she goes higher up the mountain. Not only is this very challenging but the Shark’s Fin itself consists of snow, ice, and granite rock that has few fissures cracks or footfalls. And if that were not enough areas of the granite rock can give away if a climber is not attune to the sounds of the rock when the climbing hammer strikes it.
Meru, the documentary film, is not only about three climbers who are trying to be the first to reach the summit, but also the struggles and strategies each of them has faced and will face as they get there. Two climbers miraculously survive avalanches on other mountains. One climber with few injuries and the other suffers a cracked skull, two damaged vertebrae, and other injuries that nearly end his career The third climber has lost two partners and like his partners has to try to survive each harrowing event as they try to get back to the climbing they each love.
I enjoyed the film very much; worry and fretting for the three climbers as they told interviews their experiences. Both the experiences they had been through and the ones still ahead of them as well as cheering them when they when they beat the odds.