Hello from Base Camp!
Almost 24 hours later, I am ecstatic to write to report our TEAM EVEREST
'03 SUMMIT SUCCESS! At 12:15pm Nepal time, Gary Guller, Nima Dawa,
Namgya, Da Nima and Pem Tenji stood at the top of Mount Everest and the
world to proclaim the amazing message of Team Everest '03! It was a long
and difficult road, both mentally and physically, but they did it!
We had a long,
sleepless night getting progress reports every 2 hours via our Camp Two
Cook, Pemba Tenzing, but it was worth every second when we heard the
voice of our one-armed leader from the summit! Needless to say,
pandemonium broke out here at base camp! Three people were on the radios
- Loben Sherpa, Dawa Sherpa and Puru Dorjee Sherpa - all screaming at
the same time, effectively blocking each other out. Myself, Buddhi and
Nima (our amazing base camp cooks) were cheering and hugging, and all
the while, Gary Guller was trying to tell us about his summit success.
As our cheers resonated
through base camp, the other expeditions from all the surrounding camps
cheered right along with us showing their admiration for our
accomplishment. As I looked out over camp, hundreds of thumbs up and
hands were waving to me. The support, understanding and solidarity of
the message of Team Everest '03 and respect for the team was truly a
sight to behold!
Gary reported that all
the summiteers are healthy, happy and well in Camp Four enjoying a hot
bowl of tomato soup and some Sherpa tea. Their bodies are tired, but
exhilarated by their amazing accomplishment. They felt every ounce of
your positive energy and encouragement.
Team members Gary Scott
and Karma Sherpa are safe in Camp Two. Gary Scott did not reach the
summit, but he reports having no disappointment. He and Karma will be
back at base camp tomorrow.
A door has been opened:
the message of the unlimited ability of people with disabilities has
been demonstrated. Now it is up to each of us to make sure that this
message is not forgotten. "To infinity and beyond!" - Buzz Lightyear
The Proudest Base Camp Manager on the Mountain Team Everest '03