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Sunday, November 21, 2004 - Page updated at 05:15 P.M.

Outdoors
Notebook: Seattle's Eruc traveling under his own power

By Mark Yuasa
Seattle Times staff reporter

Erden Eruc
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Erden Eruc of Seattle is on a quest to summit the highest peak on each of six continents, but with an added twist. He's using only human-powered gear to get there.

Eruc's second phase of the Around-n-Over Expedition started Oct. 3 in Seattle when he left on a cycling leg that will eventually end in Miami, Fla., sometime next month.

This past Wednesday, Eruc, 43, reached the Colorado-Kansas border. He has pedaled 1,833 miles of the estimated 3,400 mile, 60-day cycling jaunt across the United States.

Eruc will take time off once he reaches Miami, and his next major objective is climbing Mount Aconcagua late next year, which is the highest point in South America, and rises 22,840 feet above sea level on the Chilean-Argentinean border.

On his journey to Mount Aconcagua, Eruc will row from Miami in late February through the Panama Canal to Ecuador aboard his 23-foot trans-oceanic rower, then bike south from Ecuador through Peru and Chile.

When Eruc reaches the peak of Aconcagua sometime in January of 2006, it will put him within four summits of his seven-year quest to circumnavigate the globe solely under his own power and reach the highest point on each of six continents.

Eruc has already summited Alaska's Mount McKinley, North America's highest peak, which he reached last year by bicycling 5,546 miles from Seattle, north through British Columbia, the Yukon Territory and Alaska, then back to Seattle.

After he completes the bike ride to Miami he will have ridden almost 9,000 miles total.

Once Eruc completes the Aconcagua climb, he will move on to Oceania's Carstenz Pyramid in the summer of 2007, Asia's Everest in 2008, Africa's Kilimanjaro in 2009, and finally Elbrus in Russia in 2010 before returning to Seattle. He plans to row across the ocean.

The expedition will include time off between legs for hurricane seasons on the oceans and winters in the mountains.
 
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You can view Eruc's quest on www.around-n-over.org.

Baker open

A recent snowfall allowed Mount Baker Ski Area to become the first Washington ski area to open its doors this season, starting today.

The area will be open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., under limited operation on both bases with five chairlifts open.

Notes

Bill Redman, longtime member of the Federation of Fly Fishers and Washington Fly Fishing Club, was awarded the 2004 Conservation Award from the Wild Steelhead Coalition last month. Redman's work in conservation of wild steelhead has been recognized through the years.

He received the first Tommy Brayshaw Award from WFFC president Enos Bradner; was a founding board member of the Washington Environmental Council; and charter member of the Federation of Fly Fishers. Since 1995, he has served on the FFF Steelhead Committee. Bill's columns appear regularly in the Osprey newsletter of the FFF Steelhead Committee.

• The Washington Trails Association is hosting a trail-work project from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Grand Ridge Trail, located just outside of Issaquah (I-90 exit 18). Work includes rerouting a section of trail and building puncheons, turnpikes and bridges toward Duthie Hill. No experience necessary. Details: 206-625-1367 or www.wta.org.

• Blake Island State Park is conducting a four- to six-week work upgrade on the park's sewer system so the main restroom in the park will be closed during that period. There will be two portable toilets located near the main restroom for park users. The group camp and part of the main campground is also closed during the project, but the marina will not be affected. Details: 360-731-8330.

• The mesh size has changed for sport-smelt and herring-dip net use in Washington marine waters. The new mesh requirement will specify a maximum mesh size of 3/8 inch measured knot to the nearest knot for fabric net or half-inch measured corner to the next nearest corner for wire nets. This change will not substantially change the size of allowable net mesh but will allow persons to purchase materials that meet the requirements.

• The Lake Washington Snowsports Council will hold an Information Night at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at Inglewood Junior High School, 24120 N.E. 8th in Sammamish. The council is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that offers a ski/snowboard instructional program for students in grades 4 through 12. Details: 425-861-5972 or www.lwsc.com.

 • Stewards for Llandover Woods in Carkeek Park will host a work party to restore habitats at risk from invasive plants and a bird walk at 9 a.m. today, at the east parking lot off of N.W. 145th Street and 3rd Ave N.W. in Seattle. Details: 206-781-2263.

 • The Washington Butterfly Association is hosting a presentation titled "Rare Butterflies of Washington," with Robert Michael Pyle, author of The Butterflies of Cascadia 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St. in Seattle. Details: 206-364-4935 or www.naba.org/chapters/nabaws/.

 • The Washington Fly Fishing Club is hosting a beginning fly-tying class held every Thursday night beginning Jan. 6. Pre-registration is required. Details: 206-932-4925 or 206-542-4623.

 • The Washington Ski Touring Club offers trips, classes, and volunteer opportunities for cross-country, telemark and backcountry skiers. The club also hosts a monthly meeting during the ski season. The next meeting is 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at Seattle REI Store, 222 Yale Ave. North in Seattle. Urs Koening, former member of Swiss University Ski Team, will share his ski training philosophy. Details: 206-525-4451 or www.wstc.org.

 • The Agate Pass Sail & Power Squadron will offer a "Boatsmart" course 7 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 2, 7 and 9, at the Martha and Mary Nursing Home, 19160 Front St. in Poulsbo. The two-week course costs $30 per person. Details: 206-842-3958.

 • SkiAttle buses are offering rides for middle- and high-school students from Edmonds, Mukilteo, Seattle, Shoreline and Stanwood school districts this winter on Friday nights to Summit at Snoqualmie and Sundays to Mount Baker. Details: 425-776-7832.

 • The Tengu Winter Blackmouth Derby will be held on Sundays — today and Nov. 28; Dec. 19 and 26; and Jan. 2, 9, 16 and 23. Membership fee is $12 for the entire derby, $6 for children 12 and younger. Daily start is daybreak until 11 a.m. at Seacrest Boathouse in West Seattle. Details: 206-324-7600.

 • The state Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation is looking for four volunteers to fill vacancies on its 15-member National Recreational Trails Program advisory committee. The trails committee advises on program policies, project funding and statewide planning. Generally, members are asked to attend one weekday meeting a year and spend 10 to 20 hours evaluating projects for funding. Application deadline is Jan. 28. Details: 360-902-3008 or www.iac.wa.gov.

 • The American Lung Association of Washington will host a meeting for those interested in "The Climb For Clean Air" on Mount Rainier 7 p.m. Jan. 11 at Seattle REI Store, 22 Yale Ave. North in Seattle. Last year, 84 climbers joined mountaineer Lou Whittaker on the climb. Details: 206-441-5100 ext. 22 or 800-732-9339 or www.alaw.org.

 • The Gig Harbor holiday lights guided kayak tour is Dec. 18. Details: 253-851-7987 or www.gigharborguide.com.

 • Northwest Trek in Enumclaw is hosting the Trek Holiday Breakfast 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. on Dec. 11, 12, 18 and 19. There will be a family home-style breakfast in the Fir Bough Café. Reservations are required. Cost is $20 adults, and $10 for children under age 10. Details: 360-832-7166 or www.nwtrek.org.

 • The Tahoma Audubon's Family Discovery Day at Morse Wildlife Preserve in Graham is Dec. 29 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Activities include nature trail interpretation, discovering pond creatures and viewing birds form the preserve's observation tower. Storyteller Rebecca Hom will also be on hand. Details: 253-565-9278.

 • Registrations are now being accepted for the 2005 Yukon River Quest, the longest annual canoe and kayak race in the world. Race dates next year are June 29 to July 3. The 740-kilometer (460-mile) paddling marathon is held on the Yukon River from Whitehorse to Dawson City in Canada's Yukon Territory. A record 51 teams started this year's race, and 35 completed the event. The race is open to recreational tandem canoes, tandem and solo sea kayaks, and voyageur canoes that may carry six to 14 paddlers. Cost is $600 Canadian for tandem canoes and kayaks, $300 for solo kayaks, and $200 per person for voyageur teams. The race is limited to 70 teams and entry deadline is May 26, 2005. Cash prizes are awarded to the top-ten teams. Details: www.yukonriverquest.com.

 • The Lake Washington Snowsports Council will hold an Information Night at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at Inglewood Junior High School, 24120 N.E. 8th in Sammamish. The council is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that offers a ski/snowboard instructional program for students in grades 4 through 12. Details: 425-861-5972 or www.lwsc.com.

 Mark Yuasa: 206-464-8780 or myuasa@seattletimes.com

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