The Endless Endurance of Circumnavigators
The men credited with the first human-powered circumnavigations of the earth are sharing their story in two new books.
For exclusive access to all of our fitness, gear, adventure, and travel stories, plus discounts on trips, events, and gear, sign up for Outside+ today.
Both Jason Lewis and Erden Eruc, the men who pulled off the first human-powered circumnavigations of the earth (Lewis with help from a partner; Eruc following up with a solo effort), have new books out. The Seed Buried Deep is Lewis’s second installment in his narrative trilogy detailing his 13-year—and nearly lethal—project. Eruc (Outside’s 2013 Adventurer of the Year) has just released Journey of a Lifetime, a large-format photo book chronicling his multi-year ‘round-the-world journey.
Both men completed full circles around the planet using only human propulsion: no motors, no sails, no aircraft of any kind—just muscle, grit, and ingenuity. Their respective voyages included rowing and pedal-boating across the oceans, and cycling, hiking, and even in-line skating across the continents. The distances are almost too massive to fathom; the endurance involved simply off the charts.
Both books delve deeper into the details of their unprecedented voyages. Proceeds for Eruc’s Journey of a Lifetime will help support a pending documentary film about his trip.