Posted by: Stefan Anderson | February 23, 2012

Polar Explorer Eric Larsen visits Conserve School

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Conserve School English Teacher Jeff Rennicke contributed the following information about Eric Larsen:

 In 2010, renowned polar explorer Eric Larsen traveled to the top, the bottom, and the roof of our planet. On this historic “Save The Poles” expedition, Larsen became the first person in history to travel to the North Pole, the South Pole, and the summit of Mount Everest in a single 365-day period and one of only 15 people ever to reach all three points in their lifetime. The expedition was meant not only to make history, but to raise awareness of our potential future.

Eric spent the day at Conserve School beginning by sharing some of the skills needed to undertake his adventures with a group of the semester school students out on Big Donahue Lake. Skills shared included pulling heavy equipment laden sleds, surviving in frigid open water, and selecting appropriate gear.

You can get a sense of what the students experienced from this video clip which is the trailer for a documentary that is being developed about Eric’s adventures and “Save the Poles”.

You can learn more about Eric Larsen’s visit here at Jeff Rennicke’s teacher website.

This was not Eric’s first visit to Conserve School. You can read about his visit last April here.

~Stefan Anderson, Head of School for Conserve School where “One semester can make a world of difference!”

(Thanks to Jeff Rennicke for most of these great photos!)


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