40 times doesn't really count, buddy:
Ryan has told his hometown paper that he has climbed "close to 40" of the famous "Fourteeners" in Colorado -- the 54 peaks more than 14,000 feet high. In fairness, he made this claim a few years ago, before he knew he would be under the scrutiny he is now.
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.
Jesus Christ, first lying about his marathon times, and now this blatant pander to the swing voters in Colorado?
Apparently, the Romney campaign felt the need to clarify this latest bullshit story:
Hey James - caught your entertaining piece. Unfortunately, you've got some bad info in there. We're not sure where this started, but he's not said 40 different peaks, its nearly 40 climbs - with a number of peaks climbed more than once. He's been doing them for more than 20 years. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article from '09 doesn't say 40 separate summits, but instead "He is fairly careful about what he eats, performs an intense cross-training routine known as P90X most mornings, and has made close to 40 climbs of Colorado's "Fourteeners" (14,000-foot peaks)."
Okay, so now it's "close to 40" climbs, and not "close to 40" separate fourteeners? Sorry, I'm not buying it, Tommy Flanagan.
Fallows' point stands: someone who accomplishes physical feats like marathons or mountaineering tends to be someone who wouldn't forget little facts like personal records. Take it from someone who has run several marathons and climbed a Colorado thirteener. You remember that shit. So yes, he's a goddamned fucking liar.
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