Watch Polar Explorer Eric Larsen Talk About the Last Great Frozen Wildernesses

On April 19, Men’s Journal and Alpina threw a party. There were drinks, hors d’ouevres, and music, but the routine ended there. This was a party to honor the 25 most adventurous men of the past 25 years — which is why we had speakers like polar explorer Eric Larsen dazzling the crowd.

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In 2006 Larsen completed an audacious 62-day expedition to the North Pole to cast a spotlight on the melting Arctic. He followed that up in 2009 by becoming the first person to tag the North and South Poles and to summit Everest within a single year. But the pinnacle of Larsen’s adventuring came in 2014 when he made what could be the last journey from land to the North Pole, a 480-mile trek over shifting ice in 53 days. As Larsen explains in his presentation, above, it’s grueling physical and mental work that few on the planet have been able to pull off.

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