Eric Larsen Targets South Pole Speed Record

Antarctic Poles
Eric Larsen en route to the North Pole. Photo: Eric Larsen

Flying somewhat under the radar, veteran American polar traveler Eric Larsen, 47, has left for Antarctica to target the Hercules Inlet-South Pole speed record.

Christian Eide of Norway set the record in 2011 when he charged the 1,130km in 24 days, 1 hour and 13 minutes, an average of more than 47km a day. Eide, then 35, knocked a whopping 15 days off the previous solo, unassisted and unsupported record held by American Todd Carmichael. At the time, former record holder Hannah McKeand said: “I’m in absolute awe. What Christian has done sets an unprecedented standard for excellence in polar travel.”

Christian Eide at the start of his record journey in 2010-11. Photo: Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions

Although Larsen clearly faces a formidable task, he has a strong adventure pedigree. He has climbed Everest and trekked to both Poles, including the last full-length expedition to the North Pole with ExWeb Ambassador Ryan Waters in 2014. The pair traveled unsupported and without kite assistance.

Larsen plans to start his record attempt on November 23.

Larsen on his North Pole expedition in 2014. Photo: Emma Hill


Original report on Eide’s record

About the Author

Ash Routen

Ash Routen

Ash Routen is an outdoor and adventure writer from the UK specialising in adventurous travel and expeditions, such as mountaineering, polar travel, and ocean crossings. Ash juggles a day job as a public health scientist with this second career in outdoor writing.

His words have featured in national newspapers, national and international outdoor and adventure magazines, and various websites. Bylines include Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Outside Magazine, Rock and Ice, and Red Bull.

Alongside writing, Ash also spends some time undertaking his own adventures, and completed a 640 km foot crossing of a frozen Lake Baikal in 2018. His next arctic journey is a 700 km trek along the coast of Baffin Island in Canada.


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