Meru Peak

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Meru Peak
Meru Peak is located in India
Meru Peak
Meru Peak
Location in northern India
Elevation 6,660 m (21,850 ft)
Location
Location Nanda Devi National Park, Uttarakhand, India
Range Himalayas
Coordinates 30°52′5″N 79°1′56″E / 30.86806°N 79.03222°E / 30.86806; 79.03222Coordinates: 30°52′5″N 79°1′56″E / 30.86806°N 79.03222°E / 30.86806; 79.03222

Meru Peak is a mountain which lies in the Gharwal Himalayas, in the Uttarakhand region of India. It lies between Thalay Sagar and Shivling, and has some highly challenging routes. It is 6,660 metres (21,850 ft) high. It was the site of the world's highest BASE Jump from 'Earth', by Glenn Singleman and Heather Swan from a height of 6,604 metres (21,667 ft) in June 2006 but has since been surpassed by Valery Rozov's 2013 jump from Everest's North Face. [1][2][3]

The mountain has three peaks: southern (6660m), central (6310m) and northern (6450m). The two higher peaks were climbed earlier than the harder central peak, which was first climbed in a 2001 solo ascent by Valery Babanov,[4] and for a second and third time in 2006.[5]

The Shark's fin route up the central peak of the mountain (20,700ft) has a reputation amongst mountaineers as one of the hardest routes in the world. It was first climbed in October 2011 by a team consisting of Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/sport/video/2013/may/29/everest-valery-rozov-base-jump-video
  2. ^ "Leap from the top of the world". The Sydney Morning Herald. June 8, 2006. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  3. ^ Blog by one of the BASE Jump climbing team http://www.itourist.com/members/blog/view.php?id=124
  4. ^ "Meru Peak: The Gate to the Sky". The Himalayan Club. 2002. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  5. ^ "Japanese Climb Meru Before Czechs". alpinist.com. November 20, 2006. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  6. ^ "Shark's Fin Full Report". alpinist.com. October 17, 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-20.