You may remember my friend, Erden Eruc, who rowed across the Atlantic last year. He’s the same guy that bicycled from Seattle to Mount McKinley in Alaska (leaving in the dead of winter and bicycling for several weeks on snowy roads), climbed McKinley, and bicycled back.
His next goal? Rowing across the Pacific.
On July 11th, Erden launched from the California coast just north of San Francisco and started rowing. It was his second attempt to break free of land, with winds thwarting his first attempt and pushing him back towards land. He’s now far enough out that it looks like he’s safely on his way.
Next stop: Australia
Distance to destination: 7053 miles
Projected time to arrival: 8 – 10 months
The Pacific crossing is part of Erden’s attempt to circumnavigate the globe by human power, with summit attempts on the highest peak on each continent (minus Antarctica) along the way.
Watching Erden in action has been inspiring. Not so much because of the physical feat of what he’s doing (though that’s impressive as well), but because of the dogged determination, patience, and matter-of-fact problem solving he consistently demonstrates.
Given what he is doing, you would think that Erden would have a bit of reckless swagger to him. The truth is, he’s one of the most responsible, careful people I’ve met. I’ve consistently been impressed by the way he both thinks through his preparation and responds on the fly to problems. He’s an engineer by training, and it shows in his methodical problem solving approach. “OK, this didn’t work. So what are the options?”
You can follow his progress on the Ocean Rowing Society web site.
Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst TM