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 Everest Expedition 2001 "Anything is Possible" 

Gary Guller

Everest Expedition 2001 "Anything is Possible" Leader

When a climbing accident left mountaineer Gary Guller without the use of his left arm, his hopes of ever climbing again were shattered. But in Spring 2001, Gary's biggest dream will be realized. He will travel to Nepal's Himalaya to attempt to summit the world's highest mountain.

Gary began rock climbing in the southeast in his early teens and quickly moved on to other mountain ranges throughout the US. He soon set his sites on the bigger mountains of the world. In 1986, while Gary and two close friends were climbing, all three plummeted down a hard icy face more than 1,500 feet. A rescue team found the group three days later. His good friend Jerry had died; Gary and Dave were evacuated to hospitals in the US.

Gary's neck was broken and the nerve roots going to his left arm were pulled out of the spinal cord, resulting in paralysis of his left arm and shoulder. In the two years following the accident, he was experiencing intolerable pain and was on heavy medication. Gary underwent surgery to repair his broken neck (successful!) and highly risky surgery to alleviate the chronic nerve pain (Duke University - successful!). He also had experimental surgery at Duke performed by Dr. Alan Friedman to regain partial movement of his arm. Unfortunately, this operation was not successful and Gary made the difficult decision to have his paralyzed left arm amputated. 

Over the past years Gary has resumed his outdoor pursuits, climbing in Europe and South America and in 1997, attempting Nepal's Lhotse, the 4th highest mountain in the world. Since 1997, he has spent the majority of time in Nepal and Tibet, trekking and climbing throughout the high Himalaya. He and his wife Joni met in Nepal.

In climbing Mt. Everest, Gary wants to raise awareness and support for the potential of people with disabilities and to show that life and dreams continue. The expedition is called Everest Expedition 2001 "Anything is Possible". For Gary, Everest is just the beginning. Stay tuned....

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