Granite Gear Supports Polar Explorer Eric Larsen in North Pole Expedition

Author:
Updated:
Original:
granite gear logo

Two Harbors, MN - Beginning this month, Granite Gear will support Eric Larsen and team member Ryan Waters in their feat to traverse across the Arctic Ocean from Northern Ellesmere Island to geographic North Pole – an expedition dubbed Last North. Granite Gear will outfit the team with technical packs and travel gear they need to cover the nearly 500-mile distance in less than 49 days. If they accomplish this goal, they would break the current expedition speed record set by a Norwegian team in 2006.

As an unsupported expedition, the team will not receive any outside assistance or supplies during their journey, which forces them to they rely heavily on durable and sustainable gear. Working closely with the Last North team, Granite Gear has created a custom-made sled cover for the expedition and will also provide them with a wide array of ultralight, organizational and waterproof sacks, blocks and coolers to ensure their food, camera and accessories, and other gear remain untouched by the harsh elements.

Larsen and his team are not just focused on setting a new world record. “More important is the fact that this may realistically be the last opportunity anyone has to complete a journey of this type, in this region,” said Larsen, from his expedition headquarters in Boulder, Colorado. “Global warming is causing dramatic changes in the Arctic pack ice. Ice is melting at historically high rates and is becoming significantly less stable with each passing year. These conditions will make expeditions in this area impossible to complete in the very near future.”

e larsen

"Eric Larsen is bringing awareness to the fact that global warming is causing dramatic changes in one of the most sensitive landscapes in the world," says Rob Coughlin, VP of Sales and Product Development at Granite Gear. "We’re excited that through our gear, we can help him spread the word and accomplish his goals.”

Minute by minute progress updates will be available through Larsen's website. Visit www.ericlarsenexplore.com to follow the team’s progress, view photo streams, tweets, podcasts, and daily blog posts.

Granite Gear is experienced in developing ingenious polar-specific, arctic-ready gear, and has supported Larsen on five previous expeditions, including trips to the South Pole and the summit of Mount Everest in a continuous 365-day period.

About Granite Gear
For 27 independent years, Granite Gear has brought cutting-edge products to the outdoor marketplace. Their award-winning backpacks, extensive variety of storage sacks, lifestyle accessories, dog products and canoe gear offer excellence in design and construction. Granite Gear’s desire is for all outdoor enthusiasts and travelers to experience the incredible durability and comfort of their products. Located in Northern Minnesota, just minutes from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the Superior Hiking Trail, they have a rugged and beautiful testing ground for their products.

About Last North
The Last North expedition is sponsored by DeLorme with major support from MSR, Goal Zero, Stanley, Optic Nerve, Space 2 Burn, and SMAK Strategies. Additional expedition support is provided by Ergodyne, Bergans, Asnes, Yaktrax, Clif Bar, Vapur, Granite Gear, Mountain House, Hilleberg, Therm-a-Rest, Thule, Iridium, Wigwam, Action Wipes, Princeton Tec, Skratch Labs, Terramar, Potable Aqua, Coleman First Aid Kits, WebExpeditions and Scream Agency. Eric is actively seeking additional sponsorships.

Related

ericlarsen

MSR®-Sponsored Polar Adventurers Eric Larsen and Ryan Waters Head to the North Pole for ‘Last North’ Expedition

MSR®-sponsored polar explorers Eric Larsen and Ryan Waters depart Boulder, Colorado today for Northern Ellesmere Island—the starting point of what will likely be the world’s last unsupported ground expedition to the geographic North Pole. The pair aims to break the 2006 ...read more

Polar Adventurer Eric Larsen Successfully Reaches North Pole After 480-Mile Unsupported Traverse Across Arctic Ocean

(Boulder, Colo. – May 6, 2014) – On Tuesday May 6th, 2014 at approximately 9pm MDT, Eric Larsen and Ryan Waters reached the geographic North Pole, completing their unsupported and unaided Last North expedition in just 53 days. In doing so, they were the only team attempting a ...read more

EricLarsen

Allied Feather & Down is Proud Sponsor of Polar Explorer Eric Larsen

Montebello, Calif. (Oct. 6, 2014)--Allied Feather & Down, the leading supplier and processor of down in the outdoor and apparel industry, is proud to announce its partnership with polar explorer, educator and expedition guide, Eric Larsen. He has spent the past 20 years traveling ...read more

granite gear logo

Granite Gear Supports the Warrior Hike on the Appalachian Trail

Two Harbors, MN – In recognition of the therapeutic effects of long distance hiking, Granite Gear is proud to support the Warrior Hike “Walk off the War” Program, which is designed to support veterans transitioning from military service by thru-hiking America’s National Scenic ...read more

granite gear logo

Granite Gear Expands Team with Two New Hires

Granite Gear, manufacturers of superior backpacks engineered to deliver the ultimate in function and comfort, has hired Benjamin Landry as Associate Product Designer and Julie Hukriede as Customer Service Manager. After completing a BFA in Industrial Design from the University ...read more

granite gear logo

Granite Gear Backs Lonnie Dupre’s Solo January Ascent of Denali

(Two Harbors, MN)— Solo climbing Denali (aka Mt McKinley) in the Summer is a serious challenge – even by Himalayan standards—but soloing Denali in the Winter is a whole different story. This season, Granite Gear will sponsor expert polar explorer and climber, Lonnie Dupre, in ...read more

MSR®-Sponsored Polar Adventurer Eric Larsen Reaches North Pole After 480-Mile Unsupported Traverse Across Arctic Ocean

On May 6, 2014 at 9 p.m. MDT, MSR-sponsored athlete Eric Larsen reached the geographic North Pole with expedition partner, Ryan Waters, completing their unsupported and unaided Last North expedition in just 53 days. The pair became the first team since 2010 to accomplish a ‘land ...read more

GG athlete collage 3

Granite Gear Announces 2014-2015 Athlete Roster

Two Harbors, MN –Granite Gear, manufacturer of legendary backpacks engineered to deliver the ultimate in function and comfort, is proud to announce their official athlete roster of 2014-2015. Athletes include the following: Polar Explorers Lonnie Dupre, Eric Larsen, John Huston, ...read more

Wigwam Becomes Official Sock of Eric Larsen & the Last North Expedition

Sheboygan, WI, USA, March 14, 2014 – Wigwam is excited to announce its official sponsorship with well-known polar explorer, Eric Larsen.“When it comes to athlete sponsorships, we are not only looking for individuals that are passionate about the outdoors and love the Wigwam ...read more