Screened Out – Meru

By : Stephen Miller
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Documentary by Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarheyli

What drives people to try the impossible?

The very first shot of Meru would make most audiences ask that while shaking their heads. A tent clings to the 90-degree side of a granite mountain, 1800 stories above sea level. A blizzard of snow whirls around, the wind ripping at the fabric. Three men wait inside – either for death or for the opportunity to finish climbing a sheer rock face that most experts say is not climbable.

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