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Three-vine bridge near Askole

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Comments (4)

Eric Sandbo on October 3, 2009

Imagine stripping the leaves off thousands of weeping willow branches and braiding the stringy, bare branches into 3-cm.-diameter ropes, then twisting several ropes into three 15-cm. hawsers. The hawsers become the tread and handrails of the bridge, with more of the smaller strands tying them together, in a V-shape.

Photo taken in June, 1988. The bridge has since been replaced with a more modern version.

debianuser on March 16, 2010

I read about the school and bridge from 'Three cups of Tea'. I's amazing to see the exact photo by web.

Eric Sandbo on March 16, 2010

My most nagging question when I was here: If you live here, how old do your kids have to be before you let them go play on the bridge?

Eric Sandbo on March 16, 2010

After several recommendations, I got around to reading Three Cups of Tea last month. I still wasn't sure where Korphe was until I saw missum's photo of the school. Mr. Mortenson arrived a few years after this photo and found the village connected to the road by a box suspended from pulleys riding on a taut cable across the river, an arrangement we found a couple of days farther up the valley. Apparently this 3-vine bridge succumbed to the elements and was replaced by that cable system. Click this photo to see it full-scale, and it's easy to imagine it breaking. And when we were here in 1988, we were still 2 days' hike (OK, 1 day for the locals) from drivable road, due to an avalanche down-valley. The box-on-pulleys arrangement is still used in the U.S. There's one a few feet upstream of the I-5 bridge across the Skagit River in Washington State. Mr. Mortenson, his donors, and the local workers deserve all the praise and assistance they can get.

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