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Featured Everest Expedition: Team Everest '03
Reports


Gary Guller on IcefallGreetings and Namaste!

First of all, a huge thanks to all of you who continue to support us through these terribly difficult days. Just got off the walkie-talkie with Gary Guller. The team is still at Camp Four - they have decided to spend two nights at 26,000ft in order to increase their chances of a successful summit.

Many teams tried last night, but had to retreat below the south summit due to bad weather. Some teams abandoned their expeditions today, but we are in it to win it! In the words of Gary Guller, "It is bloody difficult to live this high". But they are doing it as a team, doing it well and for all the right reasons - to bring our message to the TOP! Both Gary Guller and Gary Scott are healthy and in good spirits (thanks to all of you out there!) They feel strong and are sure that the Mountain goddess is going to allow them a safe and successful summit.

Here at Base Camp, we are hanging tough and supporting our climbers. ABC Nightline News paid us a visit today and interviewed Gary via walkie-talkie. They were impressed with our hospitality and had wonderful things to say about our campaign and our message. Be sure to tune in on May 29th for their coverage of the 50th anniversary of the first successful summit!

Gary Scott at BCWe've come up with the top five reasons we want to stay here at Base Camp just a little bit longer:

5. We love sleeping on a bed of rocks!
4. -10 degrees is now our comfort zone!
3. We need just a few more days to perfect our "hat head"!
2. It really is such a LONG walk down!
1. We really are holding out for a yeti sighting!

Anyway, we are staying strong and positive and we feel all the good wishes coming from all of you across the miles. If we all just think GOOD WEATHER - I'm sure it will come and mighty Everest will open herself to us and our amazing message to promote the abilities of all people regardless of disability or ability!

A message to:

Challenge Trek members Put your heads together and send us that vibe that we all felt on the trail and when we reached Base Camp that amazing April day.

CTD All you amazing people must have some pull with the mountain gods and goddess - get to work on that!

Team Everest '03 sponsors and supporters You have been good luck for us in the past and I know you can do it again for us now!

All the students at Texas School for the Deaf, Easthampton Middle School, Dripping Springs, Manchaca Elementary, Jefferson Elementary School and in Latvia, Japan and around the world - Cross your fingers for us!

Climbing Sherpa depart BCIt is 8:04pm in Nepal. I am in my tent and will be in touch with Gary Guller again tomorrow at 8am. You can be sure I will be sending all the details and news when I get it.

Talk to you tomorrow!
Christine Kane

Gary Guller, veteran expedition leader, Everest climber, author and motivational speaker. To book Gary

 

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