Perry Announces Texans with Disabilities to Climb Mt. Everest; Team
Everest '03 Receives Permit for Historic Journey
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
For Immediate Release
Contact: Gene Acuña
November 20, 2002
AUSTIN - November 20 - Gov. Rick Perry joined with the Coalition
of Texans with Disabilities today to announce that a delegation
of 18 Texans with disabilities has received a permit to climb Mount
Everest. The group known as Team Everest will make the journey in
the spring of 2003.
"We are here today to recognize and celebrate the limitless
potential of the human spirit," said Perry. "I applaud
the members of Team Everest for dreaming big and pioneering new
The summit permit, issued by the government of Nepal, is one of
only 20 expedition permits expected to be distributed for 2003.
Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the first successful
climb to the summit's peak.
The team, which is made up of Texans with a variety of disabilities,
seeks to draw parallels between the historic climb and the progress
people with disabilities have made during the past 50 years. Most
team members will make the 30-mile trek to the 17,500-foot base
camp, with several others continuing their climb to the 29,035-foot
The governor was joined at the announcement by Paul Carrozza, co-chair
of the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, and Gary Guller,
who will lead the expedition. After a 1986 climbing accident which
resulted in the amputation of his left arm, Guller continues to
lead climbs around the world. By reaching the summit with Team Everest,
Guller would be the first person with one arm to complete the climb
to the world's highest peak.
"You remind us that society should never place limits on the
ability of the human mind or the potential of the human spirit,"
Perry told the climbers.
The Coalition of Texans with Disabilities is a nonprofit organization
dedicated to ensuring that people with disabilities enjoy equal
opportunities to live, learn, work, play and participate fully in
the community of their choice.
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