Truckee adventurer to speak about record climb of California’s 14ers |

Truckee adventurer to speak about record climb of California’s 14ers

Chris Cloyd
Special to the Sun
Sam Skrocke will speak at Moody’s Parlor Room on Tuesday about his speed record climbing all 15 of California's 14,000-foot peaks.
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In a community like Truckee, it’s not uncommon to know someone who runs long distances or cycle-tours or climbs the Sierra’s highest peaks, but how many people do you know that put them all together?

Join Truckee’s Donner Party Mountain Runners next Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Moody’s Parlor Room for a discussion with local endurance athlete Sam Skrocke on his fastest known time running and climbing all 15 of California’s 14,000-foot peaks this summer.

His accomplishment bested the previous record by more than 10 days.

Skrocke battled extreme temperatures that swung from below freezing to triple digits, rain, snow and more — all while pushing through his own physical and mental challenges.

The discussion starts at 7 p.m. and is free to all Donner Party Mountain Runners members (sign up online at, while there is a suggested donation of $5 for all non members. 

Skrocke’s journey started at Mount Shasta and culminated with a summit of Mount Russell less than nine days and 21 hours later.

Inspired by Goran Kropp’s 1996 self-supported assault of Mt. Everest, Skrocke used only his bike, his feet and his own climbing skills to accomplish this feat, accepting no assistance, food or support from anyone else. 

Hear firsthand about the trials, tribulations and elation that are discovered during a record-breaking accomplishment in the climbing world.