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Eric Larsen

Professional Polar Adventurer

Eric Larsen

Professional Polar Adventurer

Eric Larsen

Professional Polar Adventurer

Polar adventurer, expedition guide and educator Eric Larsen has spent the past 20 years traveling in some of the most remote and extreme environments on the planet. He has completed more North and South Pole expeditions than any other American in history, including a world-record expedition to the South Pole, North Pole and top of Mount Everest - all within a 365-day period. In May 2014, Eric and teammate Ryan Waters were featured on Animal Planet and Discovery Channel as they traveled unsupported from northern Ellesmere Island to the Geographic North Pole in 53 days.
Eric has dedicated his adult life to sharing his love for the outdoor world with others. As an educator, he strives to connect people to places and issues. Eric splits his time between Boulder and Crested Butte, Colorado, with his wife Maria and 2 young children, Merritt and Ellie. His current no-shower record is 72 days.

Featured in “the 25 most adventurous men of the past 25 years” by men’s journal

Save the poles expedition - North Pole, South Pole and mount everest in 1 year

First-ever summer expedition to the north pole, 2006

The last north - unsupported North Pole expedition, 2014

The last degree - South Pole fat bike expedition, 2016

Proudest Moment

Besides being a dad? It's really hard to beat that!
From an expedition perspective, completing my 2014 unsupported North Pole expedition was a huge accomplishment as was filming the journey for an Animal Planet and Discovery Channel documentary.


Keeping cold places cool by protecting the world's last great frozen places through climate change action and advocacy


Oli — short for Olive — who was once a super mountain climbing lab/boxer mix and is now best pal to our daughter

Favorite Dish

I never met a noodle I didn't like

Favorite Movie(s)

“Interstellar” and “The Blues Brothers”

Favorite Book

“The Worst Journey in the World” by Apsley Cherry‑Garrard

Favorite Snack

Anything tastes good after being on an expedition for 3 weeks

Favorite Magazine

Outside Magazine, Men’s Journal and Time

Most Humbling Moment

Failing on my 2012 attempt to become the first person to bicycle to the South Pole

Kid Goals

Professional camper


Frightened Rabbit, The Middle East, Modest Mouse, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, City and Colour, Passion Pit, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, OK Go, Lissie, Vance Joy and Phoenix

Eric's Expedition Partner

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