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 Everest 2001 "Anything is Possible": Dispatches are below !

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Gary Guller  

Mike Trueman

Tunc Findik

Stephen Nelson

Kipa Sherpa

 

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Disabled mountaineer Gary Guller will attempt to summit Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world at 8,850m, in Spring 2001. While any attempt at Everest is one of the greatest challenges one could undertake, Gary's attempt will be especially personal. In 1986, Gary suffered a spinal cord injury in a climbing accident. His neck was broken and the nerve roots going to his left arm were pulled out of the spinal cord. Despite experimental surgery, the paralysis was irreparable and he made the decision to have his left arm amputated.
March 23 - Greetings from Phakding! Maurice arrived into Kathmandu yesterday - everybody was excited to get out of the noise and smog of Kathmandu and to the clean air of the mountains! This morning, the "troops" loaded up all of the expedition and trekking gear and headed off to the airport for the flight to Lukla.  After a little wait at the airport, we all boarded the Russian made MIL-17 helicopter for the 50 minute flight to Lukla. We packed ourselves in among the blue and yellow Arun Expedition bags, kerosene containers and communications equipment and held our breath as the helicopter made its way though the Himalayan foothills. 

 

Amazing flight. We jumped out at Lukla into a sea of porters, Sherpa and townspeople with the rotors still going. From there it was a two hour trek to Phakding, where we stayed at the wonderful Om hotel. We celebrated Tunc's 29th birthday with chocolate cake and tea! The plan for tomorrow is to hike to Namche Bazaar, where we will stay and acclimatize for a day or two! Everyone is doing well and in good spirits! Until tomorrow from Namche... Janis
March 24 - Namaste from Namche Bazaar! Today, we made the trek from Phakding (2,610m) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m), a Sherpa village in the Khumbu region. What a wonderful trek today - mountain peaks everywhere you look, the spectacular Dudh Koshi river valley and our first glimpse at Mount Everest! In the afternoon we ascended the famous "Namche Hill", a three hour hike up a narrow trail ... with most of us experiencing the first effects of altitude! 
About half way up, Mike Trueman, our expedition's "hardened mountaineer", showed us the summit of Mount Everest through the afternoon clouds! We arrived at Namche in the early afternoon, did a little exploring and were off to bed - a well deserved rest after a long day of trekking! Janis

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