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Everest 2003:  Will the Texan Flag fly from the top of Everest?

Team Everest ’03 is a project of the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities (CTD). The expedition will be led by Texas mountaineer Gary Guller, a climber with only one arm. The historic event is promoting 50 years of progress in improving the lives of those with disabilities while paralleling the 50th anniversary of the first summit of Everest.

Team members are from Texas - Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Texoma and San Marcos - and Indiana, Ohio, Colorado and the UK. Guller will lead this unique team of people with a variety of disabilities, including those with quadriplegia, paraplegia, and mobility, visual and hearing impairments, as well as cancer survivors, on the three-week trek to Everest Base Camp at 17,300ft.  This trek will be the first of its kind.  Guller will then himself attempt the 29,035ft summit. If successful, he will be the first climber with one arm to summit the world's highest peak. 

“Team Everest ’03 has a powerful message, modeling how society can open the door of opportunity to all people, regardless of their ability or disability,” says Guller, “Several of our Challenge Trek members have severe disabilities and they will shatter the stereotypes of what can be accomplished.”

Texan Gov. Perry has announced his support for Team Everest '03, an Austin-based expedition to Everest in Spring 2003 spotlighting the potential of people with disabilities. Much more on Gary in the days ahead.

For more on this expedition see here

Gary Guller veteran climber, author and motivational speaker. To book Gary Guller e-mail george@everestspeakersbureau.com

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