On Thin Ice

November 9, 2017 | Limelight Hotel
Starts at 6pm, doors open at 5:30pm for cocktails


This is the story of the most difficult expedition on the planet to a place that few people understand that may be the last of its kind in history.

In March 2014, Ryan Waters and Eric Larsen set out to traverse nearly 500 miles across the melting Arctic Ocean, unsupported, from Northern Ellesmere Island to the geographic North Pole. Despite being one of the most cold and hostile environments on the planet, the Arctic Ocean has seen a steady and significant reduction of sea ice over the past due to climate change. Because of this, our expedition—dubbed the “Last North Expedition”—will most likely be the last human-powered trek from land to the North Pole, ever.

Traveling across the retreating sea ice on skis, snowshoes, and even swimming through semi-frozen arctic slush, Ryan and Eric each pulled 325 pounds of gear in sleds through temperatures that plummeted to nearly 40 degrees below zero. At times, they covered little over a mile a day as they battled weather, polar bears, climate change and their own fortitude in their attempt to reach the geographic North Pole in record time.


Eric Larsen


Polar adventurer, expedition guide, and educator, Eric Larsen has spent the past 20 years traveling in some of the most remote and extreme environments on the planet. To date,Erichas completed more North and South Pole expeditions than any other American in history. Included in that list are the first ever summer expedition to the North Pole as well as a world record expedition to the South Pole, North Pole and top of Mt. Everest all within a 365-day period. In May of 2014,Ericand teammate Ryan Waters traveled unsupported from northern Ellesmere Island to the Geographic North Polein 53 daysin what realistically will be the last North Pole expedition in history. The journey was featured on Animal Planet and Discovery Channel and his book On Thin Ice: An Epic Final Quest into the Melting Arctic.

Eric recently completed the 'Coloradathon' a 600-mile human-powered border to border traverse of Colorado on bike, foot and packraft.Ericsplits his time between Boulder and Crested Butte, Colorado withhis wife Maria and two young children.


His current no shower record is 72 days.