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Renan Ozturk, Conrad Anker and Jimmy Chin are back...

Submitted by yetanotherben on 2008-10-24

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by Ben McKay

Along with a select few, Renan is sponsored by The North Face to climb all over the world.

Renan has combined the two great passions of his life and become a very well accredited climber and artist in his own right.

And he continues to push himself harder each time he takes to climbing a new face…

Only last year, Renan became one of the first people to rediscover ancient murals of Budha in the semi-autonomous zone of Mustang in Tibet, after a tip-off by a local sheep farmer. And more recently, Renan visited these murals again, stating on his blog:

"Its good to be back after a double duty expedition push in the Himalaya… First off was the “Caves of Mustang” adventure in Nepal. We worked hard to explore more of the thousands of cliff-cave systems and discovered significant things that should stir up the historical record for high Himalayan culture.

…but swiftly followed was a harrowing account of what was faced at 6,000m on Mount Meru, India, narrowly missing the summit…

"Directly following this I met up with Jimmy Chin and Conrad Anker for a go at the Shark’s Fin on Meru. This thing pushed us to the edge of our ability to suffer and survive…19 Days on the wall with 10 days of food, 3 guys in a 2 person portaledge, an 8 day storm, daily frostnip, 5 hr belays, spindrift, hauling, and wild trench-ware!!!…As for now, I’m still hobbling from the frostbite and taking it easy.

More career highlights and extraordinary video footage of the climb of the unclimbed Shark’s Fin in Meru, India can be seen below.

Renan has made quite a name for himself, in the worlds of art and of climbing…but he finds them complimentary in every way of self-expression - a truly inspiring guy. Here’s the interview… Interview with Renan Ozturk What inspired you to combine Art and Climbing?

Renan: Living in Joshua Tree, Indain Creek, Yosemite I was inspired to interact with the landscape not only through physical climbing but also through mixed media art. I see no separation between art and climbing.

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They apparently kept a blog of their climb with uploaded videos. I have been following their expedition since they started posting:

(click on archives to see more from their trip)

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