The Question and Answer section for Into Thin Air is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Once Krakauer starts traversing the falls, he cannot turn back. It is more dangerous to turn back than continue forward.
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...
The drive to the top took risks and needed energy as well as oxygen. The descent is the most critical and dangerous part of the climb. Getting to the top often foreshadowed calamity on the way down.