Climbing, like photography, is a fully creative process. There are aesthetic and style concerns. There's also the need to push the edge, to have an adventure with an unknown outcome. It's liberating. With a singular objective and high consequences for every decision, all the day-to-day distractions disappear. Conrad Anker likes to call it "cleaning out the pipes." A climb like Meru, where you can reacquaint yourself with the primal instincts of survival, gives you a fresh view on life. There's nothing better than deprivation to give you perspective.
Chin, 35, attempted the Shark's Fin route on India's Meru Peak with Conrad Anker for "Why Am I Here Again?"