Meet the Climbers – Sam Blazey

This week’s featured climber is the second of two Blazey’s that will be trekking with us up Kilimanjaro. Sam knows a thing or two about providing safe water to communities, one of the areas that we know plays a critical role in education and keeping children in school. We look forward to learning more from him on the trip. Sam just hit his fundraising goal, but you can still help him exceed that by making a donation on his page today!

Q: Who are you?

A: My name is Samuel Blazey, and I go by Sam or Samuel. I’ve recently entered my 30s and am currently a resident of Zionsville, IN on the northwest side of Indianapolis, IN.

Q: What do you do?

A: I’m a geologist for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management working on water quality issues pertaining to public drinking water systems.

Q: Do you have any hobbies? Of course you do! What are they?

A: My big three hobbies are rock-climbing, cycling, and backpacking.

Q: What makes you want to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

A: It is a unique opportunity to have the chance to climb/hike one of the “Seven Summits”.

Q: How are you preparing to hike to the top of a 19,341 foot mountain?

A: I’m currently highly active in the climbing community and all the training that comes with that. In addition to that, I am adding lengthy weekend day hikes and extending my daily dog runs/walks (it’s good for him too!).

Q: What animal do you want to see on Safari?

A: Any and all!

Q: Do you have any past experience with TDS? If yes, please explain.

A: No, this is a first time experience.

Q: How important is reading and writing to you on a daily basis?

A: Extremely, it is invaluable for work and pleasure reading.

Q: What is your favorite book?

A: I’m a huge fan of Robert Jordan’s “Wheel of Time” series. It’s an intricate story that leaves you attached to characters and missing them when it’s over.

Q: What is your favorite memory from school?

A: Having the opportunity to learn a wide range of topics and the resources to get hands on in class.

Q: What about traveling to Tanzania are you most excited for? What are you most nervous about?

A: I’m excited and nervous about it all! It’s a totally new experience for me and way outside of my norm. There will be challenges that I expected and many others that will catch me off guard.

Q: Why is it important that your friends, family, or acquaintances donate to your personal fundraising goal?

A: To make an impact on the lives of others.

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