Sometimes you run across people whose dreams are so outrageously gargantuan that you can't help but be inspired yourself, just by being exposed to them.
I'm lucky enough to have one such person, an extreme athlete by the name of Erden Eruc, as a good personal friend. This week he is heading out for a training row...across the Atlantic.
Together with Vancouver, Canada native Tim Harvey, he will leave Lisbon, Portugal in an ocean going rowing boat. Their destination is Costa Rica. The estimated crossing time is 4+ months.
For Erden, this will be an opportunity to gain open water rowing experience he can put to use for a much bigger endeavor - a solo, human-powered, self-propelled circumnavigation of the globe. Oh, and he's throwing summit attempts of the highest peak on each of six continents on top of the circumnavigation effort for good measure.
Erden has also founded a non-profit called Around-n-Over with the purpose of using the journey as an opportunity to educate and inspire schoolkids. Here's a bit more about the educational component (full disclosure - I'm on Around-n-Over's board).
On the site, you can read previous dispatches and subscribe to the mailing list for a vicarious trans-Atlantic experience. Erden will be writing dispatches and sending them via SAT phone.
Thus far Erden has bicycled (in winter, no less) from Seattle to Alaska, hiked in to Mount McKinley and summited it, biked back to Seattle and biked to Miami.
Though this row across the Atlantic won't count toward his solo circumnavigation, when the chance presented itself, Erden jumped at it as a prime opportunity to train and gain experience before embarking on his solo circumnavigation effort.
I met Erden three years ago at the memorial service for Göran Kropp. Erden had been belaying him (holding the rope as he rock climbed) when Göran fell and died. It was this tragedy that set Erden's dream into motion. He realized it was time to stop thinking about it and time to start making it a reality.
Inspired by what Erden is doing? Here are multiple ways to support Around-n-Over.
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