Tale of Dedication

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A climbing film filled with emotion.

“Meru is the culmination of all I’ve done; and all I’ve wanted to do is this peak, and this climb.” –Conrad Anker

Get ready for the edge-of-your-seat, nonstop, heart-wrenching thrill-ride that is the new climbing film Meru. Meru chronicles the two attempts of Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk to climb the infamous Shark's Fin on Mount Meru. Not only does the film document these awe-inspiring climbs, it also explores the lives and personal battles of all three climbers and their families. It delves deep into the minds and struggles of some of the world's best alpinists, as well as showcases the perseverance of the human spirit on a seemingly impossible climb.

Meru Film, Bozeman Film Society

The Shark's Fin is a spire on Mount Meru that rises 21,000 feet above the Ganges River in the far reaches of northern India. It's considered by many to be one of the hardest climbs in the world, primarily because of its complexity. Any climber who attempts the Shark’s Fin must be a master of not only high-altitude Himalayan alpinism, but of ice, rock, and big-wall climbing as well. Many respectable climbers have tried to summit this impressive peak, but all attempts have ended in failure. In 2003, Bozeman local Conrad Anker had his first go at reaching the top, but got nowhere near. Even though his first attempt ended in failure, the climb got the wheels turning in Conrad’s head about how to conquer the Shark’s Fin.

Meru Film, Bozeman Film Society

In October 2008, the dream team of Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk began another arduous summit attempt. Things didn't quite turn out as planned. Not ones to admit failure easily, Conrad, Jimmy, and Renan geared up for a second attempt in September 2011, although this time the team would be dealing with a new set of challenges no one could have foreseen. Meru is a film that digs deep into the heart of raw human emotion, all the while telling the unbelievable tale of an amazing five-year expedition. With wonderful cinematography and a riveting storyline, it's must-see stuff.

Lucky for us, the Bozeman Film Society is holding a screening of Meru on August 29 at the Ellen Theatre on Main Street. There are two showings: one at 3pm and another at 7:30pm. Tickets are on sale and proceeds will go to support the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation (ACLF). As an added bonus, both Jenni Lowe-Anker and Conrad Anker will be guest speakers at both events. Be sure to get your tickets soon as they'll surely be gone quickly. More information on the screenings can be found on the Bozeman Film Society’s webpage and at outsidebozeman.com.

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