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Greg Mortenson: when 'do gooders' become celebrities

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But in a response in Outside magazine, Mortenson's climbing partner Scott Darsney says both the "60 Minutes" and Krakauer reports are distorted – at least in part. “If Jon Krakauer and some of Greg's detractors had taken the time to have three or more cups of tea with Greg and others – instead of one cup of tea with a select few who would discredit him – they would have found some minor problems and transgressions," Mr. Darsney says. "But to the extent to call it all 'lies' and 'fraud'? No way.”

One important charge against Mortenson is that he did not visit the village of Korphe at the time he says he did. According to Mortenson's book, the visit provided a seminal moment, putting him on the path to building schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Darsney says Mortenson's account rings true: “[O]n our way out, Greg got lost ... somewhere between the Biafo glacier region and Askole. About half a day later, Greg finally showed up in Askole saying he'd made a major wrong turn. He'd ended up in a village on the wrong side of the Braldu River. It's certainly plausible that this was Korphe.”

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