Category archives for Climbing

Getting the Shot in the High Alpine on Mount Meru: An Interview with Renan Ozturk

If you haven’t yet seen the film Meru, which opened nationwide in theaters earlier this month, you should. It’s a story of friendship, loyalty, and survival as alpinists Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk overcome their personal struggles to achieve the first ascent of Meru’s Shark’s Fin, one of alpinism’s greatest prizes, in the Indian Himalaya. Ozturk’s struggle was particularly epic. After turning around…

Meru Filmmaker Jimmy Chin on Risk, Fatherhood, and Fame—Plus Bonus “Tenthouse” Tour Video

From humble beginnings in midwestern corn country, Jimmy Chin has risen to become one of the world’s most accomplished adventure photographer-filmmakers, and this week his magnum opus, Meru, debuts in cinemas nationwide (find a theater)—a rare instance of a climbing documentary breaking out to reach mainstream audiences. It’s the story of one of the greatest…

Exploring the Birthplace of Sport Climbing in Europe’s Grandest Canyon

Try to imagine falling off the very top of the Empire State Building. You fall six stories, crash into your friend who is hanging out of a window trying to catch you, drop another story, break your ankle, and still have the wherewithal—and strength—to grab hold of a windowsill. Now imagine, as you hang onto…

Friendship, Loyalty, and Life on the Edge: Jimmy Chin on His Film ‘Meru,’ in Theaters August 14

In the new feature documentary Meru, the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award-winning film in theaters August 14, climbers Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk share the story of making the coveted first ascent of the Shark’s Fin route on Mount Meru. The 21,000-foot peak in northern India, considered the center of the universe in Hindu cosmology, had…

Swiss Climber Tackles 82 Summits in 80 Days by Foot, Bike, Paraglider, Skis

After climbing 222,651 vertical feet, cycling 326 miles, and notching another 275 miles on foot in just more than a month, Ueli Steck, a 2015 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, enjoyed an easy morning on last Tuesday at a campground outside of Sion, Switzerland. The 38-year-old Swiss mountaineer, best known for his daring, fast-and-light solo ascents of…

Climbers Conrad Anker, David Lama Team Up in Zion, Next Nepal

It’s always exciting when different generations of climbers team up to dream up something interesting to do in the vertical realm. Case in point, legendary alpinist Conrad Anker and 24-year-old elite climber David Lama, one of our previous Adventurers of the Year, recently met up in Zion National Park to see if they might make…

Climb Yosemite’s El Capitan Like a Rock Star—From Your Computer

“El Capitan is something every climber aspires to climb one day,” says Peter Mortimer, a Sender Films’ co-director of Valley Uprising, a 2014 documentary about the climbing history in Yosemite National Park in California. “But relatively speaking, very few actually do it.” Now it’s possible to experience what it’s like to climb the famous and…

Battle in the Bugaboos: Climbers Return to Tackle a Daunting Wall

Climbers Matt Segal and Will Stanhope had huddled in their tent for 40 hours in a driving rainstorm last August when they reluctantly decided to pack it in for the season. They’d been camping at the base of Snowpatch Spire in the Bugaboos in British Columbia for two months, attempting the first free ascent of the…

Plan Your Next Himalayan Expedition Mindfully

So what now? Two devastating years on the busiest mountain in the Himalaya leaves many questions. The earthquakes in Nepal this season have had a devastating affect on the local people, particularly those in the mountainous regions of the country. The economic and emotional damage will be present for the foreseeable future and the loss…

Denali: A New Film About a Man, His Dog, and Saying Goodbye

If you’ve been touched by cancer or you’ve been blessed to have an animal friend in your life, you’ll want to watch Denali. As a juror at the 5Point Film Festival that awarded this film “Best of the Festival,” I can report that it was the one film the jury agreed we all wanted to share with our…