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American is Skiing to South Pole for the Speed Record

American expedition athlete, Eric Larsen, is skiing from the Hercules Inlet to the South Pole in hopes of getting the speed record.

The existing record is held by Norway’s Christian Eide who skied the 1,130 kilometres in just over 24 days in 2011.

He hopes to start his record attempt on Nov. 23.

Past Expeditions

Jabou Ri First Ascent – 2015: n September 16, Larsen and Ryan Waters became the first to ascend the peak of Nepal’s Jabou Ri, a Himalayan peak in an area only recently opened to climbers.

Last North Expedition – 2014: n March 2014, Larsen and Ryan Waters crossed the Arctic Ocean from Northern Ellesmere Island to the geographic North Pole. Larsen has stated that his expedition may be the last ever to the North Pole because of melting ice due to climate change.[2]

Cycle South Expedition – 2012: In December 2012, Eric Larsen attempted to be the first person to bike to the South Pole. Departing Hercules Inlet, he made it 175 miles before turning around. In his attempt he set the record for the most miles traveled by bicycle in Antarctica. Daniel P. Burton broke the record in 2014 when he rode his bike to the South Pole.

Save the Poles – 2009/2010: During a 365-day period Eric Larsen did expeditions to the North Pole, the South Pole,[5] and Mount Everest. He is the first person to do all three “poles” in one year’s time period.

One World Expedition- 2006: In the first successful ‘summer’ style North Pole expedition Larsen and teammate Lonnie Dupre departed Cape Discovery, Ellesmere Island and arrived at the North Pole on July 2, after 62 days on the ice.