The legendary climber and star of “Meru” discusses the discovery of his climbing partner’s body, his recent heart attack and why he feels an urgency to talk politics.
For mountaineering legend Conrad Anker, 2016 was an “out-of-sorts” year in a “really bizarre life.”
It started with a snub.
The 2015 film “Meru,” which documented Anker’s arduous journey to fulfill his greatest ambition and climb the Shark’s Fin route on Meru Peak in India, did not receive an Academy Award nomination.
Then, in April, the bodies of climbing partner Alex Lowe and friend David Bridges were found. They had been killed in a 1999 avalanche in the Himalayas that also partially buried Anker.
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