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‘Meru’ climbing documentary to show at Tahoe’s South Shore

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Climber Jimmy Chin in a scene from "Meru," which plays at the South Shore this week.
Courtesy Renan Ozturk / Music Box Films |

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What: “Meru”

When: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22

Where: Unity at the Lake

Tickets: $5

Info: http://www.facebook.com/lakeofthesky

One of the world’s most difficult climbs will be featured in a documentary showing at South Lake Tahoe’s Unity at the Lake this Friday, Jan. 22.

“Meru” documents attempts to climb the Shark Fin on India’s Mount Meru by Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk in 2008 and 2011. The climb requires the highest level of rock- and ice-climbing skills at high altitudes.

“In the high-stakes game of big-wall climbing, the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru may be the ultimate prize. Sitting at the headwaters of the sacred Ganges River in Northern India, the Shark’s Fin has seen more failed attempts by elite climbing teams over the past 30 years than any other ascent in the Himalayas,” according to a description from film producers.

“The layout of the 21,000-foot mountain’s perversely stacked obstacles makes it both a nightmare and an irresistible calling for some of the world’s toughest climbers. Hauling over 200 pounds of gear up 4,000-feet of technical, snowy, mixed ice and rock climbing is actually the simple part of this endeavor. After crossing that gauntlet you reach the Shark’s Fin itself: 1,500 feet of smooth, nearly featureless granite. There are few pre-existing fissures, cracks or footwalls. It is simply a straight sheet of overhanging rock.”

The show starts at 7 p.m. and entrance is $5. Attendees are asked to RSVP by calling 530-541-1027.

Unity at the Lake is located at 1195 Rufus Allen Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe.

More information about “Meru” can be found online at http://www.merufilm.com.

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