Fresh off being named one of the 25 Most Adventurous Men of the Past 25 Years by Men’s Journal, we are very excited to host Polar Explorer and Riveredge Kid Eric Larsen for a special presentation of his new book On Thin Ice, with a Q&A and book signing to follow!
A polar adventurer, expedition guide, and educator, Eric is the epitome of a Riveredge Kid! After many childhood days exploring and learning at Riveredge, he has spent the past 20 years traveling in some of the most remote and extreme environments on the planet. To date, Eric has completed more North and South Pole expeditions than any other American in history. Included in that list are the first ever summer expedition to the North Pole as well as a world record expedition to the South Pole, North Pole and top of Mt. Everest all within a 365-day period. In May of 2014, Eric and team mate Ryan Waters traveled unsupported from northern Ellesmere Island to the Geographic North Pole in 53 days in what realistically will be the last North Pole expedition in history. The journey was featured on Animal Planet in the the US and Discovery Channel globally.
Now, Eric will visit Riveredge to give a very special presentation on the journey, which he brilliantly captures in his new book, On Thin Ice. In Eric’s own words,
This is the story of the most difficult expedition on the planet to a place that few people understand that may be the last of it’s kind in history.
In March 2014, Ryan Waters and I 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, our 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, Ryan and I 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.
After Eric’s presentation, Eric will stick around for a Q&A session on his adventures as well as a special book signing of On Thin Ice, which you can purchase a copy of at this event.
This event is totally free, so we hope you’ll join us in welcoming home a Riveredge Kid and learning more about what may be one of the most important journeys of our time.
We do ask that if you plan on coming, you please RSVP on this quick Google Form so we have enough seating for everyone. Thank you!