Did “Lyin’ Ryan” Really Climb Forty Colorado Fourteeners?



Colorado progressives ask for proof 


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ProgressNow Colorado political director Alan Franklin on the summit of Pikes Peak yesterday. Click here for a high resolution photo.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012
CONTACT: Joanne Schwartz, Executive Director at 303-991-1900 



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ProgressNow Colorado producer Jen Caltrider on the summit of Pikes Peak yesterday. Click here for a high resolution photo.


PIKES PEAK, COLORADO:  Lying about running a marathon in under three hours, when your actual time is over four hours, is bad enough.  But lie to Coloradans about how many fourteeners you’ve climbed and you’re crossing a line—and not just the tree line.


Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan claims to have climbed 40 of Colorado’s 53 fourteeners (mountain peaks over 14,000 feet in elevation).


ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, thinks he might have done some of his patented “Paul Ryan Math” on that number.  Tomorrow Paul Ryan heads to Colorado Springs in the shadow of Colorado’s most famous fourteener, Pikes Peak, and Coloradans deserve to know the real sum of his summits.


As questions grow about Paul Ryan’s truthfulness on a wide range of issues, ProgressNow Colorado calls on Ryan to prove his claim of having climbed 40 of Colorado’s 53 fourteeners. ProgressNow Colorado also called on members to send pictures of empty chairs (see photos) on the summits of Colorado mountain peaks to illustrate Ryan’s questionable claims.


“Coloradans take a lot of pride in our fourteeners.  We prefer the thin air of our tallest peaks to the hot air of lying politicians,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Joanne Schwartz.  “A few days ago, Paul Ryan was forced to correct his boast of having run marathons in under three hours.  The truth is, Ryan only ran in one marathon, and it took him over four hours. What about Ryan’s claim to have climbed 40 of Colorado’s 53 fourteeners?  Is that another patented Paul Ryan lie?”


Last week at the Republican National Convention, Ryan gave an acceptance speech that has been widely criticized as factually inaccurate. Demonstrably false statements about Medicare, the 2011 battle over raising the federal ‘debt ceiling,’ and the closing of a General Motors assembly plant, among others, have raised serious questions about Ryan’s honesty. 1


“After embracing lie after lie at the Republican National Convention last week, and then being forced to retract wildly exaggerated claims about his performance as a marathon runner, Colorado voters deserve to know the truth about Ryan’s climbing record in our state,” said Schwartz. “We’re calling for Ryan to release photos, summit logs, and any other evidence he has to back up his claim that he climbed 40 of our state’s highest mountains—or come clean with Colorado that he’s lying about his ‘peak bagger’ record too.”