Gary Guller is both a world-renowned, record-setting mountaineer and a professional motivational and inspirational speaker, trusted by the world's top organizations and corporations. In 2003, Gary was leader of the largest ever cross-disability group to reach Mt Everest Base Camp, at 17,500 feet. After setting this record, he went on to scale the peak, reaching the summit on May 23, 2003, and becoming the first person with one arm to summit Mt. Everest. Later the next year, Gary lead an expedition to the summit of the world's sixth highest mountain, Mt. Cho Oyu, located in Tibet. Gary has gone on to become a trusted keynote speaker and personal executive coach. Gary is active internationally advocating for the potential of all people, especially those living with a disability.
Gary Guller History:
Gary was born in Britain, and grew up in the Southeastern United States.
Guller began climbing in the Appalachians in his early teens. He quickly moved on to more technical mountains throughout the US and soon set his sites on the bigger mountains of the world. In 1986, while Guller and two close friends were climbing, all three plummeted down a hard icy face more than 1,500 feet. A rescue team found the group three days later. One friend had died; Guller and the other were evacuated to hospitals in the US.
According to Dr. Allan H. Friedman, Professor and Chief at Duke University Medical Center's Division of Neurosurgery, Guller's neck was broken and "the nerve roots going to the left arm were pulled out of the spinal cord", resulting in paralysis of his left arm and shoulder. In the two years following the accident, Guller underwent intensive rehabilitation and surgery, which were unsuccessful. Guller made the difficult decision to have his paralyzed left arm amputated.
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