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AAC Member Erden Eruç’s Human Powered Travels

Posted on: May 24th, 2011 by Intern

American Alpine Club member Erden Eruç is in the middle of an epic journey around the globe. His “Six Summits Expedition” is a project in human-powered travel, in which he will travel to and hike the highest peaks on six continents without planes, cars, or suplemental oxygen. Along the way, he will help impoverished communities by providing educational resources and aid, know-how, and facilities. Erden hopes that his efforts will inspire younger generations and encourage them to fully realize their dreams.

The Six Summits Expedition is a tribute to Erden’s friend Goran Kropp, who died while climbing with Erdun in 2002.

Erden has been a member of the AAC for years. He says, “I have always browsed with interest the AAC Journal [American Alpine Journal] and the Accidents booklet [Accidents in North American Mountaineering]. These not only kept me motivated with new ideas, they also kept me alert to my own shortcomings.  Having a yardstick against which to measure my own skills was always important to me.”

He also says that the library will become an important resource as he prepares for Everest, and that the AAC insurance and rescue benefits are reassuring for him and his wife, Nancy.

Erden’s journey started on Feb. 1, 2003, when he left home in Seattle—on a bicycle—for Alaska. With all his climbing gear, the bike weighed 175 pounds. It took him almost seven months to make the journey, but on August 24, he arrived in Alaska. After ditching his bike, Erden snowshoed 67 miles over the length of the Kahiltna glacier to the base camp, where he met his friends. Then, on May 29, 2003, he summitted his first of his six peak goal by standing atop 20,320 ft. Denali.

After the summit, Erden returned home by bike—5,546 miles in total.

In the weeks to follow, we will give new dispatches from Erden’s adventures. If you would like to follow the expedition closer, please visit his website

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