Modern-day explorer, Eric Larsen’s life epitomizes adventure. A polar
explorer, dog musher, adventure racer and educator, he has spent the
past 12 years of his life adventuring in some of the most remote and
wild places left on earth. Totaled, Eric has traveled enough wilderness
miles to circle the globe over two times.
January 3rd 2009, Eric successfully led an international team to the
South Pole - covering nearly 600 miles in 41 days. Eric is now one of
only a few Americans in to have skied to both the North and South Poles.
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 over 600 miles of shifting sea ice and open
ocean. Eric's other expeditions include a 700-mile dog sled journey
through northern Ontario, a six week dog sled journey in the barren
lands of the Canadian Arctic, several training trips to Hudson Bay and
countless dog sled races. He has also summited Mt. McKinley, ridden his
bike across the United States, been a back country ranger in Alaska, a
white water canoe guide in Colorado and wilderness trip leader in
2008, Eric was elected as one of Outside Magazine's Eco All Stars. He
was also inducted as a member of the prestigious Explorer's Club based
in New York City. A gifted communicator, Eric travels extensively giving
motivational and educational lectures to schools, universities, non
profit organizations and corporate groups.
recently returned from a second expedition to the South Pole and a
successful completion of the first leg of the Save the Poles expedition.
In this world record expedition, Eric and his team members will travel
to the North Pole, South Pole and the summit of Everest all in one year.
The 'Save the Poles' expedition will journey to these last frozen places
in attempt to tell their amazing story while promoting clean energy
solutions to the problem of Climate Change.
lives in Grand Marais, Minnesota where he is busy training and planning.
INTO THE HEART OF COLD.
Description: Adventure to the
ends of the Earth with modern day explorer Eric Larsen! Experience 15
years of extreme expeditions. In 2006, Larsen made history by completing
the first ever summer expedition to the North Pole. During this journey,
the team pulled and paddled specially modified canoes over 600 miles of
shifting sea ice and open leads of the Arctic Ocean. In 2009, he
completed a 41-day expedition to the South Pole becoming only the third
American in history to ski to both 'Poles'. In 2010, Eric completed a
longer South Pole expedition and the first leg of his record breaking
Save the Poles expedition - South Pole, North Pole, and Mt. Everest in
presentation spans Eric's entire career from his early dog sledding
journeys to his recent South Pole expedition to the current Save the
Poles expedition. Gain unique insights into teamwork, problem solving,
perseverance, goal setting and keeping motivated even when faced with
life threatening situations. Hear the dramatic story of months on the
Arctic Ocean, 50 degree below zero wind-chills, encounters with Polar
Bears and much more. Eric draws from these experiences to make real
world analogies. This program is approximately one hour long and
features stunning images and video from the polar regions.
Themes: Depends on the
group. Basically I use two sub titles for my presentations – 1.
Begin with One Step – While
we may not all be climbing a mountain or skiing to one of the poles,
this presentation helps audiences understand that we all face really big
problems in life. Just like an expedition, there are basic skills that
are easy to learn and implement that can help break up that big problem
into small manageable pieces. 2. No
One Of Us Is As Strong As All Of Us – When we work together
as a group, we can achieve more than as an individual, yet working with
others can often be a difficult process. Using effective strategies for
communication, cooperation and problem solving can create a dynamic and
effective solutions. 3. Climate
Change – Bearing witness to climate change and offering real
are a few link to more 'expedition related' videos.
expeditions have received over 100 million media impressions. The South
Pole leg of my Save the Poles expedition was featured daily on CNN and
MSNBC. In the past my world-wide media coverage included two appearances
on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, interviews on National Public Radio
and articles in magazines and newspapers ranging from Outside to the
Chicago Tribune. As an aside, Outside Magazine recognized my work in
fighting Global Warming and has elected me as a 'green all star' in
2008. To see a sample of my present and past press, please click on any
of the following links.
MKE Magazine "Arctic voyager becoming new ice sage"
Rock and Ice "save the poles" joins with Aron ralston for Everest leg
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Explorers reach North Pole"
One World Expedition -
Experience the life of a modern day explorer as Eric Larsen retells the
One World Expedition. On July 1, 2006 Lonnie Dupre and Eric Larsen made
history by becoming the first ever expedition to reach the North Pole in
summer. During this journey, the team pulled and paddled specially
modified canoes over 600 miles of shifting sea ice and open leads of the
Arctic Ocean. This presentation spans the entire journey; from the
expedition's first training trips to their 2005 attempt in Russia to the
successful 2006 journey. Gain unique insights into teamwork, problem
solving and goal setting as well as keeping motivated even when faced
with life threatening situations.
Hear, first hand, this dramatic story of 62 days on the Arctic Ocean,
encounters with polar bears and much more. A special emphasis is placed
on the expedition's efforts to bring attention to Global Warming and the
plight of the polar bear. This program is approximately one hour long
and features stunning images and video from the Arctic Ocean.
Wilderness - From the red
wood forests of California to the swamps of Georgia, Arches to Yosemite,
wilderness is as much a part of our country's landscape as our identity.
America's wilderness is home to a diversity of plant and animal species
as well. So fundamental are these areas to our quality of life that an
act of congress specially protects them. But what is wilderness and why
it is so important to us?
Discover the road least traveled as you journey to the most remote
corners of our country. Learn the history of wilderness in America and
how it has changed over time. Dramatic images provide a springboard to
discuss larger issues such as wilderness in our society, its management
and its future.
Dog Sledding - Get ready to
mush a team of huskies across the frozen north as you travel the trails
of winter by dog team.
Discover the thrill of dog sledding with vivid images, demonstrations
and equipment. Learn first hand what it takes to be a lead dog, how a
dog team is formed and how to work with each dog's strengths and quirks.
draws from 11 years of dog mushing experience to cover topics like
training, racing, dog care, feeding and much more. The program uses dogs
and dog sledding to make analogies to larger issues like teamwork and
setting goals. (This presentation is a great primer or follow up for
school groups who follow the Iditarod.)
To achieve the summit of your next
business conference, club meeting, training seminar or social function,
“Eric not only inspires me to follow my dreams, but motivates me to do
something bigger than myself to better this world. He is a wonderful
speaker and delivers so many remarkable messages that people from all
walks of life can learn from.”
Hoogasian, Uline Event Planner & Corporate Recruiter
"Eric Larsen brought our public interest environmental law conference a
fresh and powerful perspective on global warming. He presented footage
of the rapidly melting arctic ecosystem and a lighthearted and inspiring
story. Eric has inspired us all to summon that strength and instinct as
we work to find solutions to the global challenges of our time."
-Becky Kammerling, University of
"Eric's enthusiastic and gripping presentation of their journey to the
North Pole and documenting the consequences of global warming was an
eye-opener for our group. And because many in our organization are
involved in highway transportation and electric utilities, contributors
to global warming, it is very important to hear this message and pursue
changes in our industries to effect a positive change in our natural
-Craig Poorker International Right
of Way Association
“Prior to the program I was not fully aware of the scope of the program
that he would be offering – but now I would HIGHLY recommend it to
anyone. The content of the program is unique in its capacity to draw in
the audience due to the unique nature of the expedition and the alien
landscape it covered. On top of that, Eric’s delivery was phenomenal. He
delivered a polished presentation that was educational, inspiring,
humorous and contained a strong dose of the courage and conviction that
addressing climate change will require.”
-Chris Skoglund, University of New
Great audio visual, extremely engaging, and information very
interesting. This was a remarkable presentation.”
–Peter Johnson, Nokomis Heights
“(Eric Larsen) He was the BEST speaker I have seen to date at Uline.
Well done! Very motivating! Captured my heart he is so passionate
about what he does, it was awesome!”
- Jenny Lockridge, Uline Marketing
"Very engaging, good use of time, great awareness of audience, clear
sense of organization, not to mention some of the best use of powerpoint
I’ve ever seen. Eric is one of the most dynamic speakers we’ve had"
- Dr. Meg Albrinck Lakeland College
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