After suffering dramatic set backs in their lives, three close friends who are among the world’s best professional climbers battle their complicated pasts, inner demons and nature’s harshest elements in an attempt to confront the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru, the most technically challenging and dangerous peak in the Himalayas, one that has never been scaled to completion.

The North Face teammates Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk first arrived in India to make an attempt in 2008. Surviving a massive storm on the wall and battling for 19 days through sub zero temperatures with only 8 days of food, they end up 100 meters shy of the elusive 21,000ft summit. After swearing off the route and returning home, family, friendship and the will to continue dreaming of the impossible climb are tested by loss and disasters that conspire to keep them from returning to the Shark’s Fin for one last try.

With intimate interviews and narration from Jon Krakauer, the film examines obsession, friendship, dreams and sacrifice, on and off one of the world’s most difficult mountains.

Expedition Athletes