All for Education and Inspiration

Join Erden Eruc as he rows across the Pacific Ocean and
circumnavigates the world
using only human powered transportation.

Who is Erden Eruc?

Boat For Seattle-based Erden Eruc, the Six Summits project is the culmination of years of dreaming and wondering if such a feat were possible. A technical consultant with graduate degrees in engineering and an MBA, at the age of 41, Erden decided to leave the money, the pace, and an unfulfilling career behind for the adventure that he had been dreaming of for years. He is now focused full-time on tending to his responsibilities as the President of Around-n-Over. You can read more about the Around-n-Over (About the Program) Team by using the link.

For his efforts to reach children through Around-n-Over, Erden was included in the top ten list in which Hooked (on the Outdoors) Magazine acknowledged "the Outdoor Person of the Year nominees who live for the outdoors - and give something back." The December 2003 issue of the Hooked includes Erden in the runner up "five more" individuals for the 2003 Outdoor Person of the Year Award.



Our efforts will be worthwhile when we share the human powered journeys with the school children who will be inspired. Showing them the possibilities and presenting them with a window to a greater world is our goal. While the Six Summits Project is the first one, we intend to include the stories of other journeys here as well, all for education and inspiration.

We will visit schools to meet the students both before and after the journeys to engage them, and to tap into their excitement. We will engage the classrooms from the ends of the world using any available technology, preferably a satellite phone to deliver voice and video clips, updates to the web site, and replies to e-mails. Participating educators will use supporting content surrounding each journey, making them each an effective learning tool.

Question -
"What does having a dream mean to you?"

Answer -
"A dream is a goal glimmering in the distance; it is an inner calling which, when accomplished, serves as the rite of passage into wisdom." Erden Eruć - Sep 17, 2004

Educational support will be provided in collaboration with WhaleNet and the National Museum of Education.

Articles to Enjoy Reading:
Erden Article
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Sports, Stories and
Social Responsibility


Boat Erden - Ocean Rowing Society


After five years, Erden is FINISHED!!!

Erden completed his five plus year adventure circumnavigating the globe using only human power.

If you have Google Earth installed on your computer then you can click here to see the updated file where the red line represents the course which Erden traveled.

You can use the links below to relive his amazing journey.

Erden made landfall (May 28, 2012) in Calcasieu, Louisana after rowing (219 days) across the Atlantic Ocean (October 2011), after bicycling across Africa, after rowing across the Indian Ocean (161 days), after bicycling across Australia, after rowing across the Pacific Ocean (312 days). Total sea time: 876 days and 6 hours

Dispatches from Erden (Click Here)

Maps of ALL Legs of Erden's circumnavigation (Click Here).

Erden's Atlantic track, positions, and data (Click Here).

Erden's planned route (Click Here).

Track Erden yourself.

  • More data is available in the Current WhaleNet Listserv- Search "ERUC ERDEN ARGOS POSITIONS".
  • Position as of 8/20/11 and track of travel. (Click here)
  • April, 2011 - Erden's path as he completed his crossing of the Indian Ocean. (Click Here)

    Article on Erden's progress (11/30/10)

    Dispatches from Erden during his travels and
    MAP links of his travels (upper right hand corner of "Dispatches" page).

    Track Erden yourself. Calculate his speed, location, and general progress as he rowed across the oceans. (data Analysis and mapping tools).

    Track Erden - Current Data & Maps
    Location in the Indian Ocean - 7/20, 7/22, 7/28, 8/3, 8/8, 8/13, 8/22

    Bicycling Australia: 3/31, 4/5, 4/20, 5/1, 5/13, 5/17, 5/23

    Stage 2, Completed: May 3, 2007 - April 10, 2010 - Maps, Activity, and Plans.

    2009 Leg began Jan. 15, 2009. (began 12/8/09)

    Location: 2/2/10

    Track Erden - Leg began October, 2009. / Map

    2008 Leg Crossing the Pacific Ocean- Location, Data, and Maps

    Marine Mammal Sightings

    Erden's 2008 Position and Weather Data from Shipboard

    Erden's Overall Track as of 8-13-10.


    Student Projects, Educational Resources and Activities for Students

    Erden Voyage Page and Educational Resources
    National Museum of Education

    Around-n-Over Education Portal

    Movement and Data Analysis Tools - Updated


    The Boat and Safety

    The Ocean Rowing Society page.

    A poster for your use

    The Plan

    Erden's solo Atlantic row in early 2006, reinforced the advice that he had been receiving against the Miami departure. A continuous row around the world which created much risk and introduced fail points in the project was the original thought. Further research and discussions with experts matured the circumnavigation project to its current path, dropping the continuous row idea. During the remainder of the Six Summits Project, Erden will:

  • bicycle from Seattle to San Francisco (done May 3-16, 2007) route in North America,
  • start his circumnavigation by rowing across the Pacific Ocean, to eventually reach Australia, (Stage 2)
  • approach Mt. Kosciuszko by bicycle and climb it,
  • bicycle to Geraldton on Australia's west coast,
  • row from Geraldton to India, bicycle to Nepal, climb Everest (highest point),
  • bicycle to Elbrus in Russia at its border with Georgia and climb it,
  • bicycle through Georgia, Turkey, Syria to Jordan to touch the Dead Sea (lowest point),
  • continue on to Tanzania by bicycle and climb Kilimanjaro,
  • bicycle to Namibia, then row to Brazil,
  • bicycle to Argentina to climb Aconcagua
  • return to San Francisco to conclude the human powered circumnavigation, then continue on by bicycle to Seattle.
  • Map
    The not-for-profit charitable organization Around-n-Over will produce news and educational content about the journey as it unfolds, and will share its know-how for future human-powered challenges of similar nature. It will be a privilege for us to assist other dreamers with their journeys worthy of Goran's legacy.


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