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Peter Haan

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Santa Cruz, CA
Aug 10, 2014 - 10:51am PT
I saw that latest from Jon K. too, Ricky. It is very well done, unknotting the tales. Thanks to both of you for keeping this discussion clear and alive.

It looks like Mortenson and his fans are just waiting now for attention to inevitably turn away from them and on to other matters in the news.

Aug 10, 2014 - 11:43am PT
n 2012, Mortenson traveled to Korphe for the first time in several years. During this visit, according to a Korphe native, Mortenson invited all the residents of Korphe, Testay Dass, and a nearby settlement known as Tinu to a feast. While the villagers were eating, he offered five hundred Pakistani rupees—slightly less than five dollars—to anyone who would testify there was a temporary bridge across the Braldu River at Testay Dass in 1993. “The temptation is big,” explains a woman whose husband is from Korphe. “This is the thing. Life in Baltistan is so hard.”

One thing though about the above quote from Krakauer: it is "according to a Korphe native". It'd be hard for me to blame a Baltistan native for lying for 500 rupees. But this becomes an argument of one's word against another's,... doesn't it?

But don't misunderstand me, as I see it, the evidence stacks up. Mortenson ought to fess up, apologize, and then move on - probably to obscurity. That's my opinion. I hope he doesn't kill himself.

I have mixed feelings about it all but I do appreciate Krakauer's work on exposing this.
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