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September 5, 2002
Nepal News, Kathmandu

Disabled expedition to Everest

Fifteen disabled Americans are warming up to climb up to Mt Everest in spring 2003 in an expedition, Team Everest ‘03 organised by the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities. “I just love the camaraderie of the people facing some adversity in their lives and have found a way to overcome it,” said Gene Rodgers, 47, one of four team members who will attempt the climb up to Base Camp in a wheelchair. The group, with members from their 20s to 60s, is looking for five more climbers with the stamina, a sense of adventure and $6,000. Expedition leader Gary Guller tried to scale Mount Everest last year. Now the 35-year-old, whose left arm was amputated after a climbing accident in Mexico, aims to climb to the 8,848 m peak from the Nepal side after the team reaches base camp.

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