• February 25, 2015

A Filmmaker’s Epic Journey to the Peak of Meru

Proof Staff

Jimmy Chin is a climber, a National Geographic photographer, a filmmaker, and, as described by Vincent J. Musi in his introduction at the National Geographic Photography Seminar in January, a “total badass.”

Just a few weeks ago, Meru, the film that Chin and his wife, Chai Vasarhelyi, co-directed, won the U.S. Audience Documentary Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Their epic documentary chronicles the first ascent of the Shark’s Fin route on Mount Meru in the Indian Himalaya.

We were lucky to hear from Chin at the seminar, just before his film premiered at Sundance. You can listen to his whole talk and see clips from Meru in the video above. It might be 25 minutes long, but it offers a rare glimpse into adventure with the highest stakes, the closest camaraderie, and the most uncharted territory, into a world that is, as Musi says, “located somewhere between the summit of impossibility and the peak of madness.”

Poster for the documentary film Meru, shows a man climbing the side of a mountain

Meru will premiere in theaters nationwide this summer. Learn more about the film and the climb on the film’s website and on Facebook.

Get the scoop from Jimmy Chin about making a climbing film that appeals to nonclimbers.

Hear more from Chin about how he pushes himself physically and creatively on Proof.

There are 6 Comments. Add Yours.

  1. Nikhil Sinha
    August 14, 2015

    With a bunch of high altitude treks in the same region under my belt, this video is so inspiring for me to take it a bit higher-Mountaineering!.

  2. craig johnson
    March 30, 2015

    Holla atcha boy craig. Praise be the mountain.

  3. jdunnny
    March 6, 2015

    I’m hooked and hopefully tethered

  4. Ruth McMorrow
    March 4, 2015

    You know what your next mission should be. A cave. Try climbing down before up. Like an anti-mountain. I think you should film your trip through a cave, your next great adventure, some of the same skills, but a whole different kettle of fish.

  5. suryadasari
    March 2, 2015

    Deed of bravery with strong will.

  6. Evi Binder
    February 26, 2015

    No words can describe the magnificent!

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