Synopsis: Three elite climbers struggle to find their way through obsession and loss as they attempt to climb Mount Meru, one of the most coveted prizes in the high stakes game of Himalayan big wall climbing.
Production: Music Box Films
  4 wins & 14 nominations.
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90 min


[Wind Howling ]

[ Fabric Flapping ]

- [Wind Continues Howling ]

- [ Snow Patters ]

[ Light Snoring ]

[ Breathes Deeply]

[ Metal Picks Hit Ice ]

[Creaking ]

[ Pulleys Ratcheting ]

- [ Man ] Mmm.

- Thank you, dear.

[Woman ]

'Cause they're extra-special, filled with-

[ Man #2 ] Brussels sprouts.

We get the surf and turf. You guys get-

- We get the full-on Brussels sprout...

- [ Man #2] Nice.


I can always...

put it back out there

a little bit if it's not-

[Woman ] When Conrad and I first got

married, he made all these promises.

Oh, I'm never gonna

go to the big mountains again.

I knew he would never quit climbing...

but it wasn't long before he was dreaming

of some other big expedition.

And I was just rolling my eyes,

going, Right, okay.

[Conrad ] High-altitude Himalayan

climbing is very risky.

It is the most dangerous

professional sport.

But I think with Meru,

that risk is worth it.

As an Alpinist,

Meru is the culmination of all I've done...

and all I've wanted to do

is this peak and this climb.

[Woman ] I knew he was

gonna continue to climb forever...

but, you know, in what aspect,

I wasn't sure.

I know that stuff can happen.

You know, and that's what I always say.

Yeah, yeah.

But stuff can happen.

[ Horns Honking ]

[ Engine Whirring ]

[Chattering In Foreign Language]

[ Honking ]

I've been super carsick

for about an hour now.

- How you doin', Jimmy?

- [ Groaning ]

We just airmailed a bunch of our stuff

off the top of our... truck...

so we're pickin' up the pieces right now.

Meru definitely had a reputation

as this impossible climb.

And I also knew, just by the way

that Conrad brought the trip up...

it was very nonchalant, so-

[ Chuckles ]

I think the more nonchalant Conrad is...

about suggesting a trip,

the more worried you oughta be. [ Laughs]

Oh, yeah.

[Scattered Chatter]

[ Groans ]

[Speaking Foreign Language]

- [Speaking Foreign Language]

- [ Man Laughing ]

[ Man ] I was blown away when Jimmy

and Conrad approached me about Meru.

They didn't build it up very much.

They didn't say, This is the mountain

that everyone's tried and failed on.

In their minds, I was probably-

Oh, here's some young, fresh blood.

He's gonna be good at-

to get the rope up on certain pitches.

[ Bell Rings ]


[ Ringing Continues]



[Jimmy Murmurs]

H' [ Man Vocalizing]

- Woo-hoo!

- [ Jimmy] Woo-hoo!

- Look at this reveal here. Yes! Om, om.

- [Chuckles]


[ Man ]

The Shark's Fin on Meru central.

This climb has seen more attempts and more

failures than any route in the Himalaya.

[ Chuckles ]


[ Man Continues]

it's the headwaters of the Ganges River...

one of the most sacred rivers on Earth.

The center of the universe.

it's this weird nexus...

that sort of is the point where heaven and

Earth and hell all come together.

The thing that gives it the name the

Shark's Fin is this 1,500-foot blade...

of this beautiful, flawless granite...

way up high, you know, 20,000 feet.

This is the test of the master climber.

You know, it's been tried by so many

great climbers- I don't know, 2O times.

Some of the best climbers in the world

have tried and failed on this route.

[Slide Projector Clicking ]

[ Krakauer Continues ]

Meru is not just hard.

It's hard in this really complicated way.

You can't just be a good ice climber.

You can't just be good at altitude. You

can't just be a good rock climber.

You gotta be able to ice climb, mix climb.

And you gotta be able to do

big-wall climbing at 20,000 feet.

It's all that stuff

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