If he pulls it off, he'll be the first person to ever accomplish the feat, although he's already notched a few major firsts in his prolific adventuring career. In 2006, he completed the first summertime visit to the North Pole, where he pulled and paddled modified canoes over 600 miles of shifting sea ice and open ocean. And in 2009, Larsen led a team to the geographic South Pole, becoming one of only a few Americans to ski to both poles.
Larsen is one of a handful of "real" explorers out in the world today who have somehow made a career of traveling to the ends of the earth. He's a member of the Explorers Club (where I once ate bugs) and was recently voted one of Outside Magazine's Eco All Stars for his global warming advocacy work. His journey begins this November, and I think it's fair to say that he's about to have a hell of a year.
[Photo: Eric Larsen Explore]