Meru and the Modern Explorer
By Robbie Foley
Jimmy Chin is perhaps the most prolific explorer of the contemporary era. Jimmy made his name as a talented big mountain climber, testing himself in the Himalaya and Karakorum ranges and partnering with the likes of Ed Viesturs on climbs up legendary peaks such as Everest and Annapurna. He combined his climbing with his talented photography and soon became a leader in his field. Jimmy has since been involved in incredible list of works, combining his highly skilled climbing and ski - snowboarding with his photography and filmmaking ability to capture some incredible adventures.
His latest endeavour involved an all out assault on the jagged and previously unclimbed peak Meru or “Shark’s Fin” located in the Indian Himalayas, with a team that included the legendary climber Conrad Anker. The exploration and its preceding events and character stories are beautifully documented in the film Meru, co directed by Jimmy and his wife Chai Vasarhelyi. The production exquisitely evokes the awe inspiring landscape of the mountain range and the immense difficulties involved in coordinating and climbing on the high altitude and highly technical peak. It has since received highly positive critical acclaim and was a seminal film at the Sundance film festival. It is an incredible story of endurance and triumph and appeals to climbers and non climbers alike.
Check out the trailer here:
Below is a 30 minute segment from Sundance, which gives a little more insight and depth into the film and Jimmy and his wife Chai.