Thursday, November 10
Showtime: 7:00 PM
Chautauqua Community HouseSold Out
In March 2014, Eric Larsen and Ryan Waters set out to traverse nearly 500 miles across the melting Arctic Ocean, unsupported, from Northern Ellesmere Island to the geographic North Pole. Despite being one of the most cold and hostile environments on the planet, the Arctic Ocean has seen a steady and significant reduction of sea ice over the past due to climate change. Because of this, this expedition—dubbed the “Last North Expedition”—will most likely be the last human-powered trek from land to the North Pole, ever.
Traveling across the retreating sea ice on skis, snowshoes, and even swimming through semi-frozen arctic slush, Eric and Ryan each pulled 325 pounds of gear in sleds through temperatures that plummeted to nearly 40 degrees below zero. At times, they covered little over a mile a day as they battled weather, polar bears, climate change and their own fortitude in their attempt to reach the geographic North Pole in record time.
About the Speaker:
Polar adventurer, expedition guide, dog musher and educator, Eric Larsen has spent the past 15 years of his life traveling in some of the most remote and wild places left on earth. In 2006, Eric and Lonnie Dupre completed the first ever summer expedition to the North Pole. During this journey, the duo pulled and paddled specially modified canoes across 550 miles of shifting sea ice and open ocean. Eric successfully led his first expedition to the South Pole in 2008, covering nearly 600 miles in 41 days. Eric is now one of only a few Americans to have skied to both the North and South Poles. 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 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 – April 22, 2010. He completed the Save the Poles expedition by reaching the summit of Mt. Everest on October 15th, 2010 becoming the first person in history to reach the world’s three poles within a 365-day period.
Eric’s other expeditions include dog sledding in the Canadian Arctic, training trips to Hudson Bay and countless dog sled races. He has summited Mt. McKinley, ridden his bike across the United States, been a backcountry ranger in Alaska and a white water canoe guide in Colorado. Eric has dedicated his adult life to sharing his love for the outdoor world with others. As an educator, Eric 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.
A Boulder Bookstore coupon for discounts on Eric Larsen’s book is included with each ticket purchase. Eric will be available for a post-presentation book signing.