Being an explorer is not a job you apply for after graduating from college, sitting in a waiting room among other eager graduates, hoping to land a position with benefits and a retirement package. Exploring is a calling that drives men towards dangerous unknowns and unforgiving territories, all for the glory of being one of the first people to arrive at a previously undiscovered part of the globe.
Eric Larson spent 15 years living on the knife's edge between the glory of unimaginable achievement and the potential for certain death. Larson summited Mount Everest during a whiteout, has squared off against polar bears who've stalked him on an Arctic expedition and broke several records with his never-ending series of expeditions. All this while constantly fighting fierce hunger, extreme cold and -- most importantly -- the nagging urge to turn back and head for safety.
Currently, Larson and his partner Ryan Waters are trekking from Northern Ellesmere Island to the geographic North Pole in an attempt to break the unsupported expedition record set by a Norwegian team in 2006. To do it, the pair will have to traverse 490 miles across the frozen arctic ice while lugging 300 pounds of gear behind them for over 10 hours a day. If they succeed, Larson will have one more accolade to add to his impressive resume. If they don't, you can be certain he'll be back to try again.