Austin Climber Gary Guller to Lead Unique Team to Mount Everest in 2003

AUSTIN, TEXAS   March 25, 2002 

Time Magazine (March 25th issue) and (March 22nd) highlighted Team Everest ‘03 and Expedition Leader Gary Guller.  The Coalition of Texans with Disabilities (CTD) kicked off the dramatic 18 month Team Everest ’03 campaign in February. The expedition spotlights the capabilities of people with disabilities and is led by Austin mountaineer Guller, a climber with only one arm. The event is promoting 50 years of progress in improving the lives of those with disabilities while paralleling the much-anticipated 50th anniversary of the first summit of Everest.

"Such early and prominent national exposure is usually an indicator of ongoing and increasing media coverage. Team Everest '03 is the type of human interest story that attracts a following of readers, a situation highly desired by all news organizations," said Dr. Max McCombs, media expert and professor at the University of Texas School of Journalism.

The first stage of Team Everest ’03 was Guller’s summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro on February 22nd.  The campaign will culminate in a Spring 2003 expedition to the summit of Mt. Everest. Guller will lead a team of people with diverse disabilities on the three-week Challenge Trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp at over 17,500 ft. before himself attempting the 29,035 ft. summit. 

The Team Everest ’03 Challenge Trek is generating tremendous interest.  Applications are now available to the public and CTD is experiencing a high frequency of calls and emails.  “We took the message to the top of Africa that there is unlimited potential to work, play and have a full life if you live with a disability.  Next we’ll take the message to the top of the Americas, and finally to the top of the world,” says Guller. 

Coalition of Texans with Disabilities
“We are actively seeking sponsorships for this exciting event.  Those who are interested in benefiting from the national media exposure generated by Team Everest ’03 should contact CTD,” says Dennis Borel, executive director of CTD.  For more information about Team Everest ‘03, the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities or Gary Guller, please contact Dennis Borel at (512) 478-3366.