Boğaziši University - MS Mechanical Engineering
Ohio State University - MS Engineering Mechanics
George Mason University - MBA
1992-2001 Technical consulting, project lead
For Seattle-based Erden Eruš, 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 founder and President of Around-n-Over. You can read more about the Around-n-Over
Team by using the link on the left margin...
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.
Erden is an experienced athlete and a climber. His first climb was with his father at
the age of 11 on the 3,896 meters high east summit of Mt. Erciyes, an extinct volcano in south central
Turkey. Since then, he has climbed technical rock, alpine routes, big walls, water ice and enjoyed
many other challenges in the outdoors. Starting in his university years, he has participated in
outdoor clubs serving in trainer and in leadership roles. He has completed marathons with a best time
of 2 hours and 49 minutes, wrestled competitively through college and followed that with judo until the
year 2000 obtaining a nikkyu rank (2nd degree brown belt).
Erden reached the summit of Denali, the highest point in North America, by human power on May 29, 2003
his first installment toward the Six Summits Project. He left Seattle by bicycle on February 1st, towing all that
he needed to survive the Alaska Highway in winter along with his climbing gear - the entire rig weighed
about 175 lbs. On May 1st, he met his friends; together they walked in 67 miles to Kahiltna Base Camp
over glaciers, and then climbed the mountain. He returned to Seattle on August 24th after having pedaled 5,546 miles.
Erden successfully achieved a solo crossing of the Atlantic in a specially designed ocean rowing boat
from the Canary Islands to the island of Guadeloupe in early 2006.
The Turkish National Olympic Committee
recognized Erden with a Fair Play Award for his solo achievement on the Atlantic and for the socially conscious
goals set for Around-n-Over. This award was announced on April 30, 2007 for 19 individuals who were selected
among 1,300 nominees for their achievements in 2006.
Between July 10, 2007 and May 17, 2008, Erden rowed singlehandedly from Bodega Bay on the California shores to
the waters of Papua New Guinea. Stage 2 of the Six Summits Project
required reaching Kosciuszko in Australia. During those 312 days, he had traveled 5,514 nm as the crow flies.
He had connected with primary school level boarding students in rural Turkey using a satellite phone numerous times
and had raised almost $50,000 for their benefit toward İLKYAR Foundation. He had also documented a Laughing Gull (Larus atricilla)
a record 3,000nm away from the Mexican shores where they breed. These 312 days became the new Guinness World Record
for the longest time spent at sea by a solo ocean rower.
He has followed this up with a row on the Bismarck Sea to reach the shores of Papua New Guinea, then beach walked,
kayaked and hiked his way south across that country before launching on the Coral Sea. 33 days later he reached Cape York
Peninsula of Australia. More kayaking was required to reach paved roads which took him by bicycle to the foothills of
After Kosciuszko, Erden bicycled further to reach Carnarvon in Western Australia then launched on the Indian Ocean.
After 137 days on the Indian Ocean, Erden landed his boat at the port of Mahajanga on Madagascar. With this effort, he
was declared the
first person to have rowed three oceans. His inclusion among the firsts of ocean rowing is also accepted by Guinness World Records.
After the cyclone season, Erden rowed another 26 days from Mahajanga to Angoche
in Mozambique. This completed his Indian Ocean crossing, and Erden became the first person in history to have crossed
the complete Indian Ocean mainland to mainland. By then, 655 days of Erden's life had been spent in the same rowboat on the
world's oceans, which solidified his place as the
most experienced ocean rower alive.
As part of his Six Summits Project, Erden bicycled from Angoche to Arusha in Tanzania to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. The summit day was
14 June 2011 together with ten other team members including his 78 year old father. He carried on across Africa by bicycle across
Zambia and Namibia, then rowed from Luderitz Bay harbor to Louisiana with a brief stop over in Venezuela. Another push by bicycle
brought him back to Bodega Bay on July 21, 2012 -- 5 years 11 days after he had launched his circumnavigation. The distances that
he rowed on the Atlantic, the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico became new records.
By the time he was done with his circumnavigation in 2012, Erden had accumulated 876 days and over 29,000 nm on his rowboat. 844 days
and about 27,600 nm of his rowing career had been solo, each of which remain new records. He would be acknowledged with a Citation of
Merit by the Explorers Club, a Sports Career Grand Award by the Turkish National Olympic Committee, Adventurer of the Year by the Outside
Magazine and another Best of ExplorersWeb listing for his achievement.
Erden has made Seattle home since 1999. He enjoys outdoor activities in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, Nancy
Board. They were married in Homer, Alaska in June 2003 following Erden's successful Denali ascent with his partners.
For a better feel for Erden's earlier career and the qualifications that he brings to this project,
you can see his resumÚ.