Catching up with Skrocke
Editors note: Sierra Sun sports reporter Alex Close caught up with North Shore resident Sam Skrocke via e-mail as he prepared to depart for Alaska. Skrocke is a member of Biking for a Better World, a four-person team that plans to ride bikes from Alaska to Argentina in an effort to raise money for a school in Nicaragua. For the full Q & A check out the Action Hero feature in this weeks Tahoe World.Sam Skrocke is an adventurer.He climbs mountains, circumnavigates ranges and rides his bike incredible distances. He is also a free thinker. He lives his life by following guidelines that keep him in balance with the natural world he enjoys so much. While Skrocke might like to see more people protect and appreciate the environment on a personal level, his respect for each individuals freedom outweighs that desire.Skrocke recently skied around the Lake Tahoe basin without resting. The trip took him and his friend Mike Tebbutt 62 hours.They skied 125 miles and passed over a total elevation gain and loss of 30,000 feet.Skrocke is a member of the four-person team that makes up Biking for a Better Worlds Alaska to Argentina effort.Skrocke and his three teammates Jake Spero, John Witherspoon and Duncan Sisson will ride their bikes from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to Ushuia, Argentina. Skrocke left for Alaska early in order to summit the highest peak in North America, 20,320-foot Mount McKinley, before the ride.After reaching Ushuia, he will travel north and summit Aconcagua, the tallest peak in South America and the Western Hemisphere.Skrocke has some other trips planned for the future, but admits that some people may not understand.Yes, [I have other trips in the works] but youll never believe me if I told you and probably just think me crazy.Biking for a Better World is using its epic ride to raise money to build a school in an underdeveloped region of Nicaragua.Skrocke is firmly behind this effort, but he also hopes that while pedaling through 14 countries and crossing paths with more than a million people that he will be able to raise awareness and interest in some of his other values.I will have solar panels attached to my trailer that will raise interest. We will talk about it with local media along the way. Most importantly, we will live a clean lifestyle and let our actions speak for themselves. Perhaps its endless contemplative hours in the saddle of his bicycle or crampon clad step after step up peaks that seem to go on forever, or maybe hes just a super nice guy. But Skrocke will keep those dear to him close on his adventure, and that love will motivate him throughout his journey.Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, I cant name everyone here but you know who you are. I couldnt have made this trip possible if it were not for my family and my friends. The support Ive received from you all has really gotten to me and I will be smiling for years to come because of it. I love you and miss everyone already.
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