‘Meru’ review: Stunning mountain-climbing doc shows the ‘fool’ in ‘foolhardy’

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‘Meru’ review: Stunning mountain-climbing doc shows the ‘fool’ in ‘foolhardy’
News from OregonLive.com:

There are a lot of ways to describe the three men at the center of the mountain climbing documentary : “brave,” “strong,” “persistent,” “skilled.” But the one that comes to mind most frequently during the movie is “insane.”

In their quest to reach the top of a foreboding Himalayan peak by a previously unconquered route, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk demonstrate a disregard for common sense that makes Don Quixote look like a hard-boiled realist. Their recklessness makes for a compelling, even spellbinding, tale of elemental survival.

The story begins in 2008, when the trio of experienced alpinists mounted its first assault on the Shark’s Fin, a vertical, vertiginous, utterly imposing path (if a rock wall can be considered a path) to a summit nearly 22,000 feet above sea level. It’s probably not a spoiler to reveal that there are setbacks, both athletic and personal (though it’s often hard to tell the difference between the two).

By the time Anker, Chin and Ozturk — the latter two recovering from near-death experiences — take another stab at the Shark’s Fin three years later, you’re torn between admiration for their fortitude and genuine concern for their mental well-being. These guys put the “hardy” in “foolh…………… continues on OregonLive.com

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New Hampshire hiking: Climbing mountain harder than it looks
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JAFFREY, N.H. — From a distance, New England’s beloved Mount Monadnock looks distinctly unthreatening. Veteran hikers seeking a challenge may be dubious at first, but this balding geezer of a mountain is plenty rugged.

MOUNTAIN BASICS

Monadnock rises 3,165 feet in Cheshire County, near the town of Jaffrey in New Hampshire’s southwestern corner. The name comes from a Native American term for “mountain standing alone.” Its approachability makes Monadnock one of the nation’s most popular climbs, drawing more than 100,000 hikers yearly. Those who reach the summit are rewarded with 100-mile views on clear days. It was hazy the days my hiking partner and I climbed — but views of the pastoral countryside and rolling hills in neighboring Vermont were still breathtaking.

THE TRAILS

More than a dozen hiking trails wind their way up the mountain, many of them converging near the summit and several start near the park headquarters. Pick up trail maps here. Pumpelly is among the longest trails, almost 4 miles each way from the start point near the town of Dublin, and rated among the easiest because it’s a more gradual climb — but none of the options is a cinch. All but the most experienced hikers should allow at least half a day for most routes.

On our first day of a three-day weekend, we c…………… continues on Indiana Gazette

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