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Unique Disability Team Heading to Mount Everest in 2003


AUSTIN, TEXAS August 22, 2002:

WHAT: Team Everest '03, a project of the Austin-based Coalition of Texans with Disabilities (CTD), will host a "Meet and Greet" for Team Everest ’03 Challenge Trek participants, as well as for media, family, friends and supporters of Team Everest. The team will make a 3-mile stroll on the accessible trail around Town Lake. Look for the Team Everest ‘03 banner; unique photo and interview opportunities available.

WHEN: Saturday morning, August 24th at Zilker Park in Austin from 7:00-10:30 a.m.

  • 7: 00 a.m. Gather and meet
  • 7:30 – 9:00 Team hike around Town Lake
  • 9:00-10:30 Breakfast in the Park

WHERE: Zilker Park, picnic area near the soccer fields. From South Lamar, take Barton Springs Road past the park entrance, over Barton Creek, then turn at first right (north of Barton Springs Road). Look to your right immediately for the Team Everest ’03 banner.

WHO: Expect 15 members of the cross-disability team (hearing impaired, visually impaired, quadriplegia, paraplegia, amputee, etc.) committed to traveling to Nepal to trek to Everest base camp, along with Austin mountaineer and Expedition Leader Gary Guller, a climber with only one arm, who will attempt to summit of the world’s highest mountain.

Background/Contact Info: Team Everest ‘03 spotlights the potential of people with disabilities. The event is promoting 50 years of progress in improving the lives of those with disabilities while paralleling the 50th anniversary of the first summit of Everest. Guller will lead this unique team of individuals with diverse disabilities on the three-week Challenge Trek to the 17,500 ft. Mt. Everest Base Camp in March 2003 before himself attempting the 29,035 ft. summit.

“Team Everest ’03 has a powerful message; it models how society can open the door of opportunity to all people, regardless of their ability or disability,” says Guller, “Several of our Challenge Trek members have severe disabilities and they will shatter the stereotypes of what can be accomplished.” CTD is continuing to accept applications for the Challenge Trek.

For more information about the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, Team Everest ’03 or Saturday’s “Meet and Greet” Breakfast at Zilker Park, please contact Dennis Borel at (512) 478-3366.

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