I was living in Sacramento at the time and took a trip to the Grand Canyon and Death Valley with some friends. As I stood in Badwater Basin in southern California, looking up at the 'Sea Level' marker in the rock above me, I was thinking about Kropp and decided to one day have my own expedition from the lowest to highest points of North America, connecting Badwater Basin and Denali by bicycle.
I had to push the idea to the back of my head as I continued my service with AmeriCorps. Two years later, I was off to Ethiopia with the Peace Corps and the idea resurfaced. What about lowest to highest, in Africa? It was then that I started seriously planning my expedition.
I tried to follow Kropp's philosophy of self-sufficiency as much as possible. I really wanted to honor his memory with my expedition. In March, 2011, I stood on the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro feeling that I'd done just that.
It was ten years ago, today, that Göran Kropp died in a climbing accident in Washington State. His memory lives on, and he continues to inspire. People will keep pushing the limits in his honor. R.I.P. brother.
Göran Kropp wikipedia