When you’re denied the summit and you still go back for more

By Meggan Wenbourne

As many of you have probably heard (if you haven’t, that’s okay – now you have), there is an incredible film sweeping the nation right now. Named after its glorious mountain subject, Meru is an unforgettable documentary about the struggle three climbers endure to make their near-impossible dream a reality. The mountain and expedition as a whole prove to provide nothing but death-defying challenges and outrageous tests of mental strength and physical ability from start to finish. Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk embark on this expedition as a trio all from different walks of life and all wanting the summit for different reasons. With a collage of factors motivating their journey, we follow the team through life on and off the mountain as they harness their strengths, overcome unthinkable obstacles and live to capture the uncatchable mountain. With more than seven years in the making, feast your eyes on this inspiring display of what it means to never give up.

Now, there are only 80+ theaters nationwide right now playing this film (click here for venues) and only for a limited time, so get a move on if you want to see it. I was in luck and only had to travel a couple miles from home to feast my eyes on this amazing film, at the Nickelodeon, a small local theater in Santa Cruz.

Grab your popcorn and wear comfortable clothing because you’re sure to sweat and find yourself on the edge of your seat as you accompany this amazing climbing triad as they embark on one of the most intense and terrifying adventures of their lives.

I cried … multiple times. Prepare yourself.


Meg-IndiansMeggan Wenbourne is an avid climber, mountain biker and backpacker who works and plays in Santa Cruz, CA. She spends her time traveling to the mountains as often as possible to get lost in the pine trees and explore the granite rock of the Sierra Nevada range and has recently developed an obsession with the desert and its red rocks. When not away on an adventure, she can be found eating burritos and training at Pacific Edge Climbing Gym, riding amazing trails in the Santa Cruz Mountains or nestled away in her cozy tiny house with cookies and adventure reading.