Greg Mortenson, founder and director of Montana-based Central Asia Institute (CAI),
has received a Men's Journal "Anti-Terror Award" and is profiled in the
October issue. Mortenson, 46, has established dozens of schools in remote
villages of northern Pakistan and Afghanistan that began after a 1993 climb on
K2's west ridge, with fellow AAC members Dan Mazur and Scott Darsney.
Other award recipients profiled
by the magazine include U.S. Army Gen. Tommy Franks, the passengers of Flight
93, the 9/11 widows, U.S. Navy SEAL William McRaven, Marine Corps Col. David
Karcher and Pat Tillman, who was killed in Afghanistan after forgoing a
professional football career to join the U.S. Army.
Mortenson's nomination came
from Colorado congressman and climber Mark Udall, who is quoted in the Men's
Journal article, "this is how we will win hearts and minds...and how we have
to win the war on terror."
Mortenson is married to Tara
Bishop, sister of twice Everest summitter Brent Bishop and daughter of the
late Barry Bishop, the photographer on the 1963 American Everest expedition.
Mortenson, who has travelled to Pakistan and Afghanistan 28 times encompassing
over 60 months since 1993, is currently on a seven-week trip to visit CAI
schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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