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2001 "Anything is Possible":
Dispatches are below !
Guller will attempt to summit Mt. Everest,
the highest mountain in the world at 8,850m,
in Spring 2001. While any attempt at Everest
is one of the greatest challenges one could
undertake, Gary's attempt will be especially
personal. In 1986, Gary suffered a spinal cord
injury in a climbing accident. His neck was
broken and the nerve roots going to his left
arm were pulled out of the spinal cord.
Despite experimental surgery, the paralysis
was irreparable and he made the decision to
have his left arm amputated.
Gary left Austin (Texas) for Kathmandu, serenaded by a
gospel music group singing in the airport
lounge. He arrived safely into the capital and
as Gary reports:
little tired after the long flight, but many
thanks to Royal Nepal for the upgrade to
business class for the Frankfurt to Kathmandu
leg. Already, the lads are packing and preparing
for the expedition - it was so very nice to meet
all the Sherpas. Kipa and Nima Dawa took me out
on my first night, spending some time at Nima's
momo shop eating, sipping tea and laughing about
old times. Mike Trueman is off trekking until 20
March with Karma Sherpa , no doubt moving around
the surrounding hills quicker as each day passes
by. It will be nice to see Mike and Karma again.
Tunc Findik, our Turkish
friend and climbing member of the team, arrived
today looking exceptionally strong and happy.
Already Tunc has been out enjoying the sights,
sounds and smells of Kathmandu.
Rodriguez from Austin, TX also arrived, loving
everything! Since Nazario has a few extra days,
he is making the most out of his time and is
heading to the Chitwan jungle for a few days in
search of the tiger.... Nazario is on
the support trek heading to up to BC with the
team. Naz owns a Mexican restaurant in Austin,
Casa del Taco, and is already preparing to open
a branch in Kathmandu! We will see....
I had the pleasure of meeting Elizabeth Hawley
this afternoon and found her absolutely
delightful. Miss Hawley arrived at the hotel in
the cutest little VW bug. Just fantastic! We had
a nice conversation about our team, other
expedition members on the mountain this year,
and general things overall. Miss Hawley probably
knows firsthand more about what's truly
"going on" this season on Everest than
anyone. More later. Gary
to all! And "byastha" (Nepali for
busy) it is! Checking and rechecking everything
we can. Loven Sherpa, along with Mr. Chhwang
Sherpa are keeping tight control, making sure
everything is done. All the climbing Sherpa and
assistants are so very busy getting all the
loads ready for the cargo flights departing over
the next few days.
- Janis T., our expedition "doc",
arrived today and is already floating around the
Kathmandu Valley like he has been here many
- Mike Trueman arrived back into Kathmandu
today. I was so pleased to see him looking
healthy, happy and extremely fit for a man that
will be turning, well... 32 (or so?) while we're
on the mountain.
our expedition Sirdar, and Jit, one of our very
strong climbing Sherpa, are looking well - great
to see them!
U. arrived today and will be trekking up to BC
with the team, as well. We all met together last
night- what a fantastic group we have. We're now
awaiting Maurice's arrival and off into the
hills we'll go, trekking up to Mt. Everest Base
Camp. I can hardly believe it...
is meeting and greeting, enjoying getting
acquainted with local people, the local dogs!
and beginning to understand Kathmandu "car
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