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Old 7 February 2016, 15:34
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Thumbs up Meru

One word: Amazing.

Seriously one of the most brilliantly filmed outdoor extreme sports documentaries I've ever seen.

The story is incredibly compelling, the filming is world-class, the athletes (Jimmy Chin, Conrad Anker and Renan Ozturk) and their families who're portrayed are just outstanding and it's narrated by Krakauer. The cameos throughout are the who's who of mountain sports.

Can't recommend it enough and feel stupid for having sat on it for months now without watching it.

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In the high-stakes pursuit of big-wall climbing, the Shark's Fin on Mount Meru may be the ultimate prize. Sitting 21,000 feet above the sacred Ganges River in Northern India, the mountain's perversely stacked obstacles make it both a nightmare and an irresistible calling for some of the world's toughest climbers.

In October 2008, renowned alpinists Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle Meru. Their planned seven-day trip quickly devolved into a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures with depleting food rations. Within 100 meters of the elusive summit, their journey - like all previous attempts - fell short of the goal.

Heartbroken and defeated, the trio returned to their everyday lives, where the siren song of Meru continued to beckon. By September 2011, Anker had convinced his team to reunite and undertake the Shark's Fin once more, under even more extraordinary circumstances.

MERU is the story of that journey, an expedition through nature's harshest elements and one's complicated inner demons, and ultimately on to impossible new heights.
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Old 7 February 2016, 16:09
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That is funny I just saw it too and can't believe I hadn't watched it yet also. I highly recommend it. Sometimes I wish I hadn't chosen the path I have done and kept on climbing mountains. There is so little time in this world and so much to do!
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Old 7 February 2016, 17:50
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Cinematography was incredible. Don't know how he managed to film and climb at the same time. Definitely worth seeing.
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Old 7 February 2016, 18:07
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ML: If you liked this - some other good climbing flicks you should check out are "Higher Ground" (NOT the Hollywood movie of the same name) and "The Sharp End."

I met Conrad a few years ago in Raleigh - dude seemed worn out from doing the North Face marketing circuit.
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Old 8 February 2016, 09:11
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Is this on Netflix or rental or what?
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Old 8 February 2016, 12:31
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ML: If you liked this - some other good climbing flicks you should check out are "Higher Ground" (NOT the Hollywood movie of the same name) and "The Sharp End."

I met Conrad a few years ago in Raleigh - dude seemed worn out from doing the North Face marketing circuit.
I'll look them up. Thanks for the rec!
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Additional thumbs up from me. This is a very incredible story and the images from first person camera shots is incredible.
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Old 8 April 2016, 17:10
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Google Play has it
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One of the best climbing movies I've seen, and it's about more than just climbing. I think a lot of it had to do with friendship and camaraderie, working together with a purpose and achieving something that very few even get a chance to attempt.

I'm betting the majority of the climbers who tackle Everest each season could never even think about taking on the peak in this movie, the degree of difficulty was unbelievable.
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Absolutely incredible documentary in every aspect, on every level.
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Incredible documentary all around. The thing that impressed me the most was the fact that they were able to pull off such incredible cinematography *while* they were hanging off the edge of the mountain. Climbing Meru is insane enough, filming the act...wow.
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Old 14 April 2016, 07:47
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Next Saturday on Discovery, they are having their documentary 'Sherpa'. Which is part of their 'elevation weekend'.
I'll be in Little Creek, but I will be DVRing Discovery that weekend
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Old 14 April 2016, 15:17
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Checked it out last night. All I can say is fuck that! Climbing that face was insane. It made me happy to be on a Free Fall team and not a mountain team, climbing mountains is just dangerous
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It looks like Alex Lowe and David Bridge's bodies have been found:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/worl...icle-1.2621086

Rest in peace, gentlemen...
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Is this on Netflix or rental or what?
Netflix pay to watch...

I almost paid for this on Sunday, figured I'd wait for it to be free somewhere...Wish I had read this thread earlier...maybe I'll watch it tonight while the wife is watching DWTS
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If you have Amazon Prime it's included in the package.

Watched it last night, loved every minute of it. I loved seeing them tackle it for the second time after the other team came up short. You can tell they had that little something gnawing at their soul.
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I just watched 'K2-The Siren of the Himalayas' last week. Very good as well. 2015, they had 0 successful attempts. Much more difficult than Everest.
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Watched it on Prime and... wow. Our culture has it's fascination on the wrong celebs.
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Well, that was intense. Very well done. Reminds me why I don't do that.
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