NATIONAL MEDIA FOCUSES ON TEAM EVEREST ’03
Climber Gary Guller to Lead Unique Team to Mount
Everest in 2003
TEXAS March 25, 2002
Magazine (March 25th issue) and EverestNews.com
(March 22nd) highlighted Team Everest ‘03 and
Expedition Leader Gary Guller. The Coalition
of Texans with Disabilities (CTD) kicked off the
dramatic 18 month Team Everest ’03 campaign in
February. The expedition spotlights the capabilities
of people with disabilities and is led by Austin
mountaineer Guller, a climber with only one arm. The
event is promoting 50 years of progress in improving
the lives of those with disabilities while
paralleling the much-anticipated 50th anniversary of
the first summit of Everest.
early and prominent national exposure is
usually an indicator of ongoing and increasing
media coverage. Team Everest '03 is the type
of human interest story that attracts a
following of readers, a situation highly
desired by all news organizations," said
Dr. Max McCombs, media expert and professor at
the University of Texas School of Journalism.
first stage of Team Everest ’03 was
Guller’s summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro on
February 22nd. The campaign will
culminate in a Spring 2003 expedition to the
summit of Mt. Everest. Guller will lead a team
of people with diverse disabilities on the
three-week Challenge Trek to Mt. Everest Base
Camp at over 17,500 ft. before himself
attempting the 29,035 ft. summit.
Team Everest ’03 Challenge Trek is
generating tremendous interest.
Applications are now available to the public
and CTD is experiencing a high frequency of
calls and emails. “We took the message
to the top of Africa that there is
unlimited potential to work, play and have a
full life if you live with a disability.
Next we’ll take the message to the top of
the Americas, and finally to the top of
the world,” says Guller.
of Texans with Disabilities
are actively seeking sponsorships for this
exciting event. Those who are interested
in benefiting from the national media exposure
generated by Team Everest ’03 should contact
CTD,” says Dennis Borel, executive director
of CTD. For more information about Team
Everest ‘03, the Coalition of Texans with
Disabilities or Gary Guller, please contact
Dennis Borel at (512) 478-3366.