MT. EVEREST TEAM MEETS IN AUSTIN
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.