Beidleman is a 36 year old space engineer. He is a quiet, profound and extremely attentive tour guide, loved by the members of his team and Hall’s team. Beidleman is also one of the strongest climbers on this mountain. Two years ago, with Boukreev – whom Beidleman considered a good friend – he climbed the 8,480m high Makalu summit in near record time without the need for oxygen tanks or the help of the Sherpa people. Beidleman met Fischer and Hall for the first time on the flank of K2 in 1992. Rock paper scissors lizard spock mug. His ability and pleasant manners left a good impression on these two. However, due to Beidleman’s limited alpine experience (Makalu is the only high mountain in the Himalayas he has ever climbed) his position in the Mountain Madness was below Fischer and Boukreev. And his remuneration reflects his lower status: he agrees to guide Mount Everest for a remuneration of $ 10,000 compared with the $ 25,000 Fischer paid Boukreev.