By Markian Hawryluk
After circumnavigating the globe on his own power, Turkish adventurer Erden Eruc has quite the story to tell. Now he's looking for people to help him tell it.
Eruc, who completed his five year journey in July 2012 has launched a kickstarter campaign, hoping to raise $50,000 to make a documentary of his trip.
Eruc began his journey in Bodega Bay, California, rowing across the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic oceans, and biking across Australia, Africa and the U.S. Along the way, he reached two of the Seven Summits—Mt. Kosciuszko in Australia and Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania—as part of a tribute to the late Goran Kropp. Kropp once bicycled from his native Sweden to Nepal and climbed to the summit of Mt. Everest. His route included 6 opposing pairs of antipodal points (12 points total).
Eruc had met Kropp at a presentation in Seattle and climbing with Kropp when he fell to his death in 2002.
“I had Goran on belay and he fell ripping out his protection,” Eruc said. “I had the end of the rope but there was nothing I could do to stop his fall.”
Kropp had encouraged Eruc to pursue his dream of a human-powered circumnavigation, and Eruc said the tragic event shocked him into action.
The documentary aims to pull from the vast amount of film, photos and written journals from Eruc's trip, supplemented with interviews of people who played an important role in the journey. All of the funds raised through the site will be used for the documentary, and all donors will be listed in the credits of the documentary.
The project will only be funded if at least $50,000 is raised by Aug. 18. With 23 days remaining, the site has raised a little over $18,000 from 104 donors.
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