It was in 2011, with the ascent of Shark’s Fin by the Americans Jimmy Chin, Renan Ozturk and Conrad Anker, that the broad eastern slope of the Meru peaks in India became famous to a wide audience. Summits of the sacred dimension of the Gangotri massif, the source of the Ganges, the South, Central and North Meru peaks reach 6.570, 6.430 and 6.380 metres respectively (*). Their Eastern slope, with its rare aesthetics and extreme difficulties concentrated in the upper half, has been attracting the world’s best climbers for four decades: the American Mugs Stump, as early as the 1980s, was one of the first to be fascinated by the Shark’s Fin line on the central summit, before a Slovenian team led by Franc Knez opened the first two lines on the northern summit, but without going out to the summit, in August and September 1988.
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