Polar adventurer, expedition guide, dog musher, and educator, Eric Larsen has spent more than 15 years traveling in some of the most remote and wild places on earth. In 2006, Eric and partner Lonnie Dupre completed the first ever summer expedition to the North Pole. In 2008, Eric successfully led his first expedition to the South Pole covering nearly 600 miles in 41 days. In November 2009, Eric returned to Antarctica for the first leg of his world record Save the Poles expedition. This time he completed a 750-mile ski traverse to the geographic South Pole, arriving on January 2, 2010. Two short months later he was dropped off at northern Ellesmere Island for a winter-style North Pole journey. The international team reached the North Pole 51 days later on Earth Day. He completed the Save the Poles expedition by reaching the summit of Mt. Everest on October 15, 2010, becoming the first person in history to reach the world's three 'poles' within a 365-day period. Needless to say, he knows a thing or two about navigation.
Beyond expeditions, Eric has summited Mt. McKinley, ridden his bike across the United States, been a backcountry ranger in Alaska, and a whitewater canoe guide in Colorado. Eric has dedicated his adult life to sharing his love for the outdoor world with others and, as an educator, he strives to connect people to places and issues. In recognition of those efforts, Eric was elected as one of Outside Magazine’s Eco All Stars in 2008. Eric lives in Boulder, Colorado with his partner Maria Hennessey and their son Merritt.