‘Meru’ is a documentary that soars (Our grade: B+)

Conrad Anker and Jimmy Chin in "Meru." (Renan Ozturk/Courtesy Music Box Films/TNS)

Conrad Anker and Jimmy Chin in “Meru.” (Renan Ozturk/Courtesy Music Box Films/TNS)

Kristin Tillotson – Minneapolis Star Tribune

When three men, including filmmaker Jimmy Chin, set out to scale the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru in subzero temperatures 21,000 feet above the Ganges River, they knew they were in for the toughest climb that the Himalayas can dish out.

They didn’t yet know that their trek, recorded deftly and beautifully by Chin, would include avalanches and extra challenges like a raging storm that kept them confined to their hanging cot for several days.

Whether or not mountain-climbing documentaries are your thing, “Meru” is likely to draw you in. It’s as much about trust, personal goals and human bonding as battling the elements at their fiercest.

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