Thom first came to Alaska in 1981 to work for the Young Adult Conservation Corp at False Island near Sitka. He fell in love with the Southeast Alaska environment and returned summers to work as a deck hand on a salmon troller. He moved to Haines in 1987 and bought an existing bike shop in 1988. He continues to bike, hike, paraglide, ski and enjoy the environment of Alaska and the world.
Becky's love for Southeast Alaska began on a backpacking trip in 1994. A year later, she sold nearly everything she owned and left the DC area on a 5000 mile road trip to Alaska. After exploring around the state for a while, she found her paradise in Haines. Becky's biggest passions are cross country skiing and gardening. After the summer garden is planted, then it's high time for biking, hiking and camping. She lives in historic Ft. Seward with her two daughters.
Riding, fixing, and building bikes has been a big part of Dustin's life for the last 15 years. In 2009, looking for a change of pace, Dustin jumped at the opportunity to work seasonally in Alaska. Since then, the positive community, beautiful landscape, and endless adventure opportunities have made it home. Dustin is recently married and is working on building a home in the area with his wife Katie, who also guides for Sockeye Cycle.
Paul came to Skagway in 2014. From one windy city (Chicago) to another (Skagway), he has spent the past four years riding his bike all over the country. He loves spending long days in the saddle and helping people enjoy cycling.
Matt has a passion for international bike touring and exploring alpine regions. He has been guiding for the past few years living out of the Pacific Northwest. He believes in educating others to help protect our wilderness areas. He also loves spruce tips!!
Hailing from the deep south, Anna Houston Barton is from Greenville, South Carolina. Whether in the mountains or on the road she's an avid cyclist, and enjoys seeing life by bike touring. Anna's open and energetic spirit draws her to people from all over the world. She's a traveler, can't sit still kind of person, and creative soul. #tandembicyclesmaketheworldabetterplace
Gina brings thirty years of Alaskan experience and thousands of miles of road cycling to Sockeye’s long tours. Gina drove her VW bus from Wyoming to Alaska in 1985, with a degree in Outdoor Ed, and has made her life here, cooking in remote camps, teaching school, commercial fishing, and guiding, running her soap business, and being a mom. Always in motion, Gina keeps active snowshoeing, hiking, skiing, and cycling when she’s not in the garden or the classroom. For the last dozen years, Gina has pursued her passion for cycling adventure, competing each year in the regional bike race and touring Alaska and the western states, camping along the way.
Lee drove his Tacoma truck from Texas to Alaska in the early 90's. He still has the twang in his voice but his heart is in the North. After many seasons as a fisheries technician his passion for the bike got him a job as a guide for Sockeye Cycle. He spends most of his time in the Yukon with his wife Nicole and dog Keta cutting wood on his lot, cross country skiing and playing disc golf.
Katie first came to Alaska in 2004 and has worked for the National Park Service in both Gustavus and Skagway AK. In addition to Sockeye Cycle, Katie guides bicycle tours for WomenTours. She balances life in the saddle by working as Conservation Coordinator for a local conservation organization, and creating artwork. Katie has recently received a commission and a museum showcase of her work in Haines for 2015.
Brian had his first Alaskan experience last summer working as a salmon processor in Bristol Bay. After traveling around the state when his contract ended he knew he had to find a way to get back. With a background in bicycle mechanics and a love of all things outdoors, Sockeye was the perfect fit. Back home in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Brian can be found out on the trail canoeing, cross country skiing, backpacking, running, snowboarding, and cycling. Brian is excited to wrench on bikes and be back up in Alaska!
Kennedy joins us from the Midwest, but is no stranger to mountains and big open space. She has been working seasonally for the past couple of years working on trail crews in Arizona, shredding powder in Keystone Colorado, and running bike tours down the Klondike Highway for the past two seasons. She has also completed a few long distance big tours around the United States and is looking forward to the next adventure her life brings.
After visiting Alaska and completing her first bike tour with her dogs in tow, Laura knew two things. One, is that the best way to experience a landscape as spectacular as this is from the saddle of bicycle, and the second was that she would need to return to Alaska the next summer for more exploration. Laura originally hails from California, and has spent the last six years adventuring all over the West while on a quest for the best chocolate chip cookie. She is excited to share the majestic landscape of Skagway with you!
Lori grew up riding bicycles around Yosemite every Thanksgiving, searching for black bears with her Dad at the crack of dawn. Since then, she has worked in Glacier, the North Cascades and Mt. Rainier National Parks. In 2015, she helped 6th to 8th grade girls feel more empowered with their bikes by riding around town and teaching them the ABCs of bike maintenance. This is her first season in Skagway, and she’s never been happier sharing her joy of nature, biking--and searching for bears!
Charlotte is an Army brat who was born in Virginia and grew up in Maryland and Ohio. This summer, she has finally made her way up to Alaska—something that has been a goal for years and years! Charlotte is an aspiring mechanic and can’t imagine a better way to spend her summer than meeting new friends and sharing the beauty of the Southeast with them!
Colin Steele is excited to be spending his first summer in Alaska as a Sockeye tour guide. Originally from the Boston area and most recently located in D.C., he fell in love with the Pacific Northwest while living in Washington after college and is thrilled to be back. He's been actively involved with the D.C. cycling community over the last few years, and completed Wilderness EMT training this spring. Off the bike, he's most likely pursuing other outdoor activities or reading up on international relations and environmental sustainability, which he'll be studying at Tufts University this fall.
While working in Corporate America Dan always said he was going to quit his job and become a bike guide, and Alaska was definitely the best option. In the winters He hikes and mountain bikes in other coastal mountain ranges around the world, or can be found enjoying tropical sun, and is normally the only one running on the beach. Dan also believes the correct number of bicycles a person should own is N+1.
Ryan is a Texan. He is always on the hunt for an adventure. Being his first summer in Alaska, he was no stranger to bicycles or mountains due to working in the outdoor industry since high school. He loves all things outside: skiing, hiking, kayaking, fishing, scuba diving, and the list goes on. He saw our job posting online and the rest was history. He's excited to lead you down some mountains!
From Santa Cruz, California, Peter is a mover and a shaker. He is constantly looking for a new adventure, whether its trekking up a mountainside with no trail in sight or bike touring around the U.S. Peter is a lover of chili cheese hotdogs, ridiculous sunglasses, and making sure you are enjoying life!
Mr. Jake Shapiro is from Berkeley, California. He needed to leave the big city, and feel the small town scene. Jake loves music, and he’s always playing a jam. If he’s not trying to make you laugh or crack a new joke, he might be working on his collage artwork. Jake is pumped to take some folks down an Alaskan mountain.
Brian is from Billings, Montana, and this is his second year with us at Sockeye. He is a kind soul, but fierce when he gets on his mountain bike and hits the trails. His last name literally sounds like the word, cousins, in case you were wondering. He has a big sweet tooth, and there is never a day you don't see him smiling.
We call him Fode! He is from Westminster, Colorado. In the wintertime, he works as a ski patrol in Keystone, CO. One thing Fode loves is snow in the winter, but he wanted to give the summer season a chance, so he came to Alaska. He could not think of a better way to spend his summer then by riding his bike down a mountain!
Heiserman is from Algonquin, IL, but he is an adopted yooper (someone who lives in the upper peninsula of MI). He graduated from Northern Michigan University with a degree in geography and Native American studies. He loves to travel, and fell in love with the country, Turkey. His stories will never let you down!
From Morgantown, West Virginia, Joe has been making his way to spend his summers in Alaska for the past 3 years. If Joe is not on a bike tour leading you down the Klondike highway, then he can be found hiking a trail, camping on a glacier, or playing his classical guitar. He is a gentle soul, but play some funk town music beats, he'll be on the dance floor!
Ryan was born to work with bicycles as a young lad. Ryan has worked in our Haines and Skagway shop for the past 4 years on and off. He has been a talented bike mechanic for over 8 years. In his spare time, he can be found mountain biking single track, hiking at a mountain goat pace, being creative with a needle & thread, or making some fresh sourdough bread.
Max is a wild man from Fort Collins, Colorado. His mechanic skills range from fixing cars to bikes! He’s been in the mechanic industry for over 8 years. Max loves three things the most: riding his mountain bike, finding roadside sunglasses, and eating sandwiches.
He is from Auburn, Washington. He has been coming up to Skagway for the past few years, and came alongside as our other bike mechanic. He graduated from United Bicycle Institute in Portland, OR. He loves watching and playing soccer games. And if its not too windy in Skagway, he’ll be playing disc golf or reading a good book outside.
From the sweet land called Lebanon, Oregon, that is where John calls home. He is a published poet, loves to travel, and a friendly soul. He has been coming up to Skagway for the past 2 years and loves this mountain town! He would be a great team member for trivia night; he’s got the film/actor category down.