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