Surviving in cold weather is tough but having to face such extreme conditions as those in the South Pole would be very harrowing, a daunting task that Eric Larsen has taken on.
On November 23, the 47-year-old from Crested Butte, Colorado, set out from the Hercules Inlet on the edge of the continent and began to ski more or less in the same direction, solo, unsupported (no outside resupplies), and unassisted (no aid from sled dogs or a kite), for 700 miles.
This isn't his first time skiing in Antarctica, he has done it several times before. So what motivated him to do it again and to make it more challenging? Why is he at it again?
On a personal level, his expeditions are about being creative and unique, he says—a way to push our boundaries of knowledge.
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