October 12, 2011: Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk made the first successful summit of the Shark’s Fin route on The North Face Athletes Summit Meru’s 20,700-foot Peak feature in the Himalayas.
The appeal of the Meru brought many experienced climbers out to attempt it, but until now, each team was unsuccessful at summiting the Shark Fin. This was Anker’s third attempt and Chin and Renan’s second. The route starts with a classic alpine snow-and-ice route, which turns to a mix of ice and rock. The climb finishes with the a difficult, overhanging headwall.
The North Face athletes attribute their success to their passion for the route, their team-work and their gear. The athletes and North Face put together a collection called the Meru Kit, which was specifically built for high-altitude mountaineering.
The gear was designed to be light-weight and most importantly warm. Ozturk had this to say about the gear A lot of it comes down to really specific gear and strategy for a hybrid-style ascent. The new kit is finely tuned in terms of its warmth-to-weight ratio and game-changing new fabrics like innovative new insulation.