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Larsen Eric

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Websites : Own website / Expedition website / MotherJones (interview) / / Greenpeace / LookSmart (Find Articles) / Nationwide Speakers Bureau

Eric Larsen has spent his entire life in pursuit of wilderness. Traveling enough non-motorized miles to circle the globe nearly two times. Eric has dog sledded over 10,000 miles, bicycled 20,000 miles, canoed, rafted and kayaked 4,000 miles, skied 2,000 miles and hiked over 1,000 miles on various adventures and expeditions. From Alaska to Arkansas, the Canadian Arctic to the Arctic Ocean, Eric's life epitomizes a strong love for the outdoors.

Born in 1971 and raised in a small town in southeastern Wisconsin, Eric has always cultivated a strong relationship with wilderness. He spent parts of nearly every summer camping with his family. He also spent time exploring the back corners of the Riveredge Nature Center where his father, Andy Larsen, was executive director for 30 years. While other kids were playing kick the can, Eric was banding birds, making maple syrup, collecting insects and hiking through the woods. It didn't take long before Eric began planning his own canoe trips and adventures throughout the Midwest.

A dog musher, white water canoe guide, back country ranger, competitive cyclist and educator, he has adventured throughout northern Minnesota, the American West, Alaska, Hawaii and the Arctic. Larsen recently returned from the One World Expedition, an attempt to cross the Arctic Ocean from Russia to Canada in summer. To date, he is planning a second attempt of the traverse in 2006 with explorer Lonnie Dupre. Larsen also participated in a 23-day bicycle crossing of the United States.

Larsen has been a dog musher for over ten years. For the past four years, Eric has trained and raced sled dogs in northern Minnesota. In March 2004, he placed 12th in the 400-mile John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, one of the most grueling races in North America. In 2002, Larsen completed a 700-mile dog sled expedition in the Canadian sub arctic that highlighted the culture and environment of northern Ontario.

While working as education director for NOMADS Adventure & Education, he helped develop a comprehensive web site and integrated K-12 curriculum to support the several expeditions. As curriculum and science coordinator for Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, Larsen helped develop over 60 educational programs. Larsen is also a freelance writer and published several articles with regional magazines and newspapers.

Larsen lives in Grand Marais, MN, where he trains and races sled dogs. In his spare time, he enjoys camping, bicycling, reading and creative writing.

Source : Own website