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August 24, 2002
Austin, Texas

Gary Guller interviewed for San Antonio televisionTE '03 team and supporters "Meet & Greet" at Zilker Park

The Team Everest ’03 Challenge Trek participants, as well as media, family, friends and supporters of Team Everest made a 3-mile stroll on the accessible trail around Town Lake in Austin. The hike was followed by coffee and a delicious breakfast prepared by Project Director Dennis Borel. The event drew local television news and press coverage.

By Sharon Jayson, Austin-American Statesman, August 25, 2002:

They met for the first time at Zilker Park for a trek on the hike-and-bike trail - not exactly the rugged terrain these individuals with disabilities will face next spring.... Nevertheless, Saturday was a kind of warm-up for the 15 strangers whose common bond is an expedition organized by the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities. The group, which includes members in wheelchairs and others with hearing, visual or learning impairments, are part of Team Everest '03. The month-long expedition to Nepal will include a three-week journey more than 17,000 feet up to the base camp of the world's tallest peak.

"I just love the camaraderie of the people facing some adversity in their lives and have found a way to overcome it," says Gene Rodgers, 47, one of four team members who will attempt the climb [to base camp] in a wheelchair.... Expedition leader Gary Guller tried to scale Mt. Everest last year. Now the 35-year old, whose left arm was amputated after a climbing accident in Mexico, aims to climb to the 29,035-foot summit...

Press Contact:
Dennis Borel
Project Director
(512) 478-3366