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They generally like and respect Hall. The Garuda Hotel is a popular base for Himalayan expeditions and has hosted many famous mountaineers. Krakauer spots a poster of Rob Hall, his expedition leader and the owner of Adventure Consultants guiding company, on the wall shortly before meeting him. Hall—a tall, witty, slightly unkempt man—immediately makes a positive impression on Krakauer, recounting a funny story and laughing loudly at his own punchline.