Eric Larsen

Eric Larsen

Polar explorer, expedition guide and dog musher Eric Larsen is a pioneer of both the arctic and Antarctic. To date, he has completed more polar expeditions than any other American in history. Among those were the first-ever summer expedition to the North Pole, and a world-record expedition for reaching the South Pole, the North Pole and the top of Mt. Everest within 365 days. In 2014, Eric and Ryan Waters traveled unsupported across the frozen ocean from Ellesmere Island to the Geographic North Pole, in what realistically may be the last North Pole expedition in history. In 2015, Eric and Ryan completed the first ascent of Jabou Ri, a 6,000 meter peak in the remote Rolwaling region of Nepal. An educator at heart, Eric’s goal is to connect people to the world's frozen places and how they are changing. His current no-shower record is 72 days.


  • Raising two amazing kids with my wife, Maria.
  • Any of my three North Pole expeditions.
  • Filming and helping to create my documentary Melting: Last Race to the Pole, featured on Animal Planet and Discovery Channel about what may realistically be the last North Pole expedition in history.
  • Trying (and not succeeding) to fat bike to the South Pole.
  • The only fall summit of Everest in the past six years, tied with a first ascent of Jabou Ri in the Rolwaling Valley of Nepal.
  • Not getting eaten by a polar bear - even though I've had a couple of close calls!


Essential Gear

  • XGK™ EX Stove
  • Lightning™ Ascent Snowshoes