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Last North Expedition

Last North Expedition

Eric Larsen is an explorer, guide, and environmental educator and has spent the past 25 years traveling thru some of the most extreme environments on Earth. In the process, Larsen has completed more polar expeditions than any other American. He presented Last North Expedition sponsored by The Conservation Alliance to attendees at an outdoor conference.

In 2014 Eric Larsen and his companion reached the North Pole, completing an unsupported 480-mile land-to-pole expedition trekking from Canada's Ellesmere Island. The journey could easily be called one of the most difficult ever as the Arctic pack ice is diminishing due to climate change. The trek may be one of the last of its kind due to the rapidly changing ice conditions.


                                 Last North Expedition map, May 2014  (credit: Eric Larsen Explore)

Larsen's presentation, Colder, was a dramatic retelling of his expedition with added stories from two decades of extreme adventure travel by the Colorado-based explorer. From first-hand accounts, he shared how once vast frozen wilderness areas are being altered by global heating. For those who attended the presentation, it was a unique opportunity to here from a polar explorer in person.

In the past, explorer's quipped, because it's there, in describing why to go to a remote location. Eric Larsen's trek stands in stark contrast, because it might not be there any longer. WHB


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