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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…

Telluride Mountainfilm Ignites This Weekend: Preview of World-Class Films, Guests, Events

This year’s Mountainfilm festival, which kicks off Friday and runs through the weekend, may be the best yet. Perhaps that’s a hard statement to back up, after all, it’s fair to assume that the Telluride, Colorado festival focused on showcasing the “indomitable spirit” in mountain culture, the environment, and human rights issues has been impressive for each of…

Video #4: Filming – Climber David Lama’s First Free Ascent of Patagonia’s Cerro Torre

Cerro Torre is such a difficult climb that only the climbers themselves can document the upper reaches. “The more remote my expeditions became, the more important it was for  me to document them myself,” says 23-year-old Austrian climber David Lama. See what went into filming the Adventurer of the Year‘s historic first free ascent of Patagonia’s…

Video: Renan Ozturk on Making the Nepal Vision Quest Scene in Into the Mind

The multifaceted Renan Ozturk, one of our previous Adventurers of the Year, has many stories to share—even more than we realized. We first came to know Renan years ago when he was a new North Face-sponsored climber who liked to paint and animate mountainscapes while on expeditions. That love of visuals and storytelling led him to…

Artist-Climber Jeremy Collins on His Film “The Equation”: Be the Beauty You Wish to Share in the World

The Equation from ARC’TERYX on Vimeo. Missouri-based artist-climber-filmmaker Jeremy Collins is expressive, artistic, and intuitive—and his new film The Equation is all of those things. In the end, it’s an allegory about how to pursue a life well lived. In the process, it’s a piece of art mimicking the thoughts and ideals of another time.…

Return to Sender: Pete Mortimer and the Genius of Sender’s Climbing Films

There’s a moment in Sender Films’s new documentary Honnold 3.0 that is utterly terrifying to watch. At age 27, Alex Honnold has emerged as the world’s premier free-solo rock climber. In the film, he’s in the first leg of his “Yosemite Triple”—an attempt to climb the three biggest faces in the Valley, Mount Watkins, El…

Adventure Filmmaking: Climber-Artist Renan Ozturk (Part I)

It used to be, if you wanted to see the most extreme places on Earth, you'd have to wait for folks like Jacques Cousteau to head out with film crews, big cameras, reels of tape, and limited power. Then they'd hit the editing room and emerge, months later, with a final product. Then, you'd have…