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
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
For more on
this expedition see here
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