Did Mitt Romney’s ‘bold’ vice presidential pick Paul Ryan lie about climbing mountains too? You see, he was just forced to make an embarrassing U-turn over his three-hour marathon claims and now questions are being asked about his claim to be a prolific mountain climber.
He told a Janesville newspaper that he had scaled ‘close to 40’ of Colorado’s 54 ‘fourteeners’ mountains, with each being at least 14,000 feet tall. I feel another U-turn coming people. He made the claim three years ago, but since we have discovered that Paul Ryan is a ‘prolific’ liar, doubts have surfaced.
Still: this claim makes me even more suspicious than his marathon answer did. I know nothing about mountain climbing, so give my views appropriate weight. But to see what people who do have experience think, you might check out the current comments at the climbers’ site SuperTopo. One explains the reason for his skepticism:
The 54 peaks are scattered throughout remote parts of Colorado and you have to visit out-of-the-way little towns and valleys to tick the list, towns and valleys that you would never visit otherwise….
To have climbed forty and not be a resident means that you would have had to devote entire summers to climbing fourteeners, in essence becoming a “lifestyle” hiker/scrambler. I doubt Ryan had the time or dedication to fourteeners to take the required time out from his political career. Even if you did four a summer, that would be ten summers devoted to traveling to Colorado for the purpose of high altitude hiking. Even if you live here and can drive to the trail heads, forty is a huge commitment of time and energy. Source
The moral of the story is that if Paul Ryan can lie about the little and insignificant things, imagine what wonders he would work on the big and significant issues such as Medicare and Medicaid reform?