Climber Gary Guller takes message to the top of Africa

Gary Guller, president of Arun Treks & Expeditions, and three members of his team, successfully reached the 5,896m summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.  Mike D. of Henderson, NV, Janina K. of Chicago and Ed P. of Lake Tahoe stood at the top of Africa on February 22, 2002.  The Kilimanjaro expedition is the first stage of Team Everest ‘03, an 18-month campaign promoting 50 years of progress in advancing the rights of people with disabilities, while paralleling next year’s much-anticipated 50th anniversary of the first summit of Mt. Everest.  “We took the message to the top of Africa.  Next we’ll take it to the top of the Americas, and finally to the top of the world in May 2003,” said Guller, a long time advocate for the rights for people with disabilities.

Guller is working to ensure that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to live, work, play and participate fully in the community of their choice.   He hopes to raise awareness throughout Texas, the USA and the world that the capabilities of people with disabilities are unlimited.  “The greatest thing about Team Everest ‘03 is that everyone can be part of this exciting campaign,” says Guller.  

Climbing Kilimanjaro, and enjoying an exciting African Safari on the Serengeti, was a dream come true for Guller.  The trip is a wonderful addition to the range of adventure trips offered by Arun Treks & Expeditions.  Mike D. said, "How awesome, amazing, wonderful, exciting, incredible & just plain fun our trip was. Thanks for making my dream become a reality." Guller, a veteran mountaineer and amputee, said, “We had a great time, which is what we strive for at Arun, and look forward to returning very soon.” 

Please call Guller at 512-407-8314 or check out the Arun Treks website at  www.aruntreks.com  for more information about Team Everest ’03 and how you can get involved. There will be many more updates in the future on EverestNews.com, so stay posted!

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