“In this godforsaken place [at the South Col], I felt disconnected from the climbers around me—emotionally, spiritually, physically—to a degree I hadn’t experienced on any previous expedition. We were a team in name only, I’d sadly come to realize. Although in a few hours we would leave camp as a group, we would ascend as individuals, linked to one another by neither rope nor any deep sense of loyalty. Each client was in it for himself or herself, pretty much.”  In Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer joins Rob Hall’s expedition on Everest as a client along with seven other strangers. Hall’s and Fischer’s expeditions are called ‘teams’ however they lacked any of the characteristics associated with teamwork. Krakauer recognizes that each climber is there for himself or herself (and is paying $65k for a summit attempt), but is aware of the importance of trusting your teammates – “One climber's actions can affect the welfare of the entire team" . The members are acquaintances only, not friends, and share no common bond or experience. Unlike Annapurna: A Woman’s Place by Blum and Annapurna by Herzog, there is no shared dream or purpose. Instead of a sense of accomplishment for the team or for your country, on Everest, it’s about individual achievement.