to all of our wonderful team members around the world who keep us
motivated as we try to take disability awareness to the top of the
We were turned away
from our summit attempt because of high winds and a variety of
weather-related reasons. We returned to base camp yesterday and will
take a few days here along with all of the other expeditions to rest
and regroup. Our Sherpa are taking well deserved rest days with us
here. We are all tired after spending 6-7 days at Camp 2 and beyond.
Since we have
arrived at Base Camp, the weather has been clear, however there are
high winds beyond Camp 2. All of our camps are now fully stocked and
awaiting our return for a summit bid. We'll plan to try again for
the summit on May 20/21. Hang in there with us and enjoy the photos
of this old one-armed guy (yeah yeah) crossing ladders and crevasses
in the Icefall.
friend and climbing partner Vince decided that to maintain good
health he will not continue climbing. He accomplished many goals on
the mountain and we'll miss his presence here. He plans to fly back
home at the end of the week.
I've talked about
everyone having their own Everest - be it a fear or a hurdle or
trying something new for the first time. At the moment, we are
trying our very best to keep the Team Everest '03 dream alive and
get to the top of this very big mountain. We were ready as an
expedition to summit - everything was in order - but as in life, not
everything goes according to plan. Those of us who have had life
changing injuries, as well as those who have always been challenged
have learned to accept what is presented to us.
personal thanks again to our supporters, sponsors and those who
believe in our message. Please keep your positive emails coming to
us and your support to Team Everest and the Coalition of Texans with
I would like to
especially recognize today Mr. David Kooy and the team at ESI. I
look forward to getting to know you better when I return!
Thank you for
believing in CTD and TE '03.
Yours truly, Gary