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Gary Guller  

Mike Trueman

Tunc Findik

Stephen Nelson

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Disabled mountaineer Gary 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.
March 15 - 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:

A 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.

March 16 - 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.

Nazario 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....

March 17 - 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
Hello 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.
March 18 - Janis T., our expedition "doc", arrived today and is already floating around the Kathmandu Valley like he has been here many times....
March 19 - 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. 

Kipa, our expedition Sirdar, and Jit, one of our very strong climbing Sherpa, are looking well - great to see them!

Shirley 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...

Everyone is meeting and greeting, enjoying getting acquainted with local people, the local dogs! and beginning to understand Kathmandu "car horn language"!

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