The First Ascent of Mount Meru

Mount Meru is situated in the Garhwal Himalayas. A massive mountain, Mount Meru consists of three summits, a Southern (21,653 ft.), a Northern (21,161 ft.) and the Shark’s Fin (20,702 ft.). The Southern and Northern peaks have been summited before, but the Shark’s Fin was still unclimbed.

For 30 years, Meru has been the objective just out of reach for some the world’s top climbers—dozens have tried and failed. Adding to the lore of the mountain, Meru is considered the center of the universe in the Hindu cosmology and is the source of the Ganges River.

Emily Nuchols writes about the momentous first ascent of Shark’s Fin by three climbers that are well known in the mountaineering community: Conrad AnkerJimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk.  Ozturk has really overcome a lot to find renewal on Meru:

“Climbing these Himalayan objectives, it’s something that I’ll do for the rest of my life. It’s just part of how I express myself and I feel like I’m contributing to this world,” Ozturk said a week before leaving for Meru last October. “That’s what drives me and that’s what’s bringing me back to the Himalaya only six months after cracking my skull open and breaking multiple vertebrae and just having a really, really tough accident.

Ozturk and Chin will be special guests at this year’s 5Point Film Festival and will share their complete experience in a special presentation on Saturday, April 28. If you happen to be in Carbondale, Colorado on April 28, check them out.



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