Meru film review

Meru film posterLast night I was invited to a pre-screening of a new film called Meru. The pre-screening was organised by The North Face, one of the sponsors of the film.

The film itself was fantastic – edge of the seat stuff. It’s a documentary with interviews and pure first-person recording – no camera crews or drones. But it’s still exciting. At one point I jumped out of my seat just as everyone else in the cinema winced. I don’t want to give anything away, so there are no spoilers here.

The film is about three world-leading, height defying, scared-of-nothing climbers who try to climb Meru and get within 100 feet before turning back. On that climb they had aimed to be the first people to ever climb Meru – a shark-fin shaped mountain in the Himalayas.

The rest of the film is about what happens next. It’s not entirely obvious.

The real treat last night was after the film, there was a question and answer session with the two directors, and one of the directors was one of the climbers – Jimmy Chin.

Questions flooded in, including some pretty daft ones, but also some enlightening ones such as “why do you smoke on climbs?” (no pun intended) – which was an interesting answer.

I thoroughly recommend the film. It’s not a dramatisation like Everest (which I also liked). This is a raw documentary showing the dedication, skill and obsession of mountain climbers.

I was also fortunate enough to have a photo afterwards with Jimmy Chin. I think this was the first time I’ve met someone who has climbed Everest, and definitely the first person I’ve met who has climbed Meru.

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