The article is intimate, with betrayal, family, community and law all converging in a case so shaking. Climbing is not an easy sport, it takes a physical dedication, mental concentration and a relentless will to succeed.
Neither of the men, DiPaolo or Farrar are particularly outstanding individuals but they shared a passion and a connect like, along with the possible life or death situations, the trust they had was something that is no joke.
The article is relatable to many, not in the death but the slow loss of trust, of family and of yourself. It hurts that the person you expected to be there for you gives up, makes you feel like you have nothing left to lose, and that makes people dangerous.