Main character of the story whose dream is to climb Everest.
Mark's dad, who is diagnosed with cancer and after fighting the battle, dies.
Mark's mother, who supports him and climbs Ama Dablam with him.
Adventurer, doctor, author. Sparks Mark's interest in RI Rock Gym.
Symphony conductor, hiker. Introduces Mark to first hiking experience.
Veteran leader of many Nepal treks and climbs. Mentor/leader of Nepal trek.
Mark's Sherpa friend who wants to summit Everest with him and comes with Mark to America when his father is diagnosed.
Runs Condor Adventures. Accepts and encourages Mark to prepare for Everest through South American trips.
Guide with Condor Adventures.
Antagonistic member of Javier's small group.
Trainer who works Mark to new levels of fitness for Everest.
Assistant superintendent of Middletown Public Schools, instrumental in providing Mark with opportunities to pursue "alternative education".
Veteran climber, college professor, long-distance runner, skier/Trinidad.
ESPN sportscaster/New York.
Expedition leader of Mountain Madness/Washington, died in Everest '96.
Expedition leader of Adventure Consultants/New Zealand, died in Everest '96.