Character: Jon Krakauer
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"Because I'd earned my living as a carpenter for eight years before becoming a writer—and because the tax bracket we shared set us conspicuously apart from the other clients—I already felt comfortable around Doug in a way that I didn't with the others." (Chapter 3)
Like Krakauer, Doug Hansen did not come from a ton of money. He was a postal worker who saved money and sacrificed things to try Everest. Krakauer respected this.
"Our fates were already starting to intertwine—and they would become more and more tightly bound with every meter we ascended." (215)
Krakauer commenting on how the relationships with other teams, like Fischer's group and the Taiwanese team, became more important as the climb went on.