I don’t know much about sailing but it seems, particularly from Captain Taylor’s attitude, that there is a clear and definitive hierarchy on a ship that is enforced at all costs. I was interested in this dynamic because I think it set the stage for Zeke being able to disregard the pleas from the crew and Erasmus on the basis that he was the expedition leader. The novels that we have read so far have, for the most part, fostered a greater sense of group mentality. The role of the leader is clearly defined, however, this role seems to entail an awareness of the needs of every team member. Whereas on the mountains group members seemed to be able to give input on the expedition, all decision making power was left to Zeke. Although the crew and Captain absolutely contested Zeke’s decisions, they consistently conceded to his outlandish demands in the interest of abiding by the hierarchy. It is not until the men are physically unable to comply with his desires to explore further that the men refuse to follow Zeke. Erasmus’ position in subordination to Zeke but clearly with more power than the Captain and crew was an extremely difficult one to navigate. He constantly battled with his sense of duty and allegiance to the expedition leader, while empathizing strongly with the condition and desires of the crew. I am interested to see how the dynamic of groups on maritime adventures differs from that of alpine adventures.