After a career of harrowing expeditions and a lifetime defined by doing things the hard way, Eric Larsen’s greatest challenge awaited him in 2021 in the form of a few words: a cancer diagnosis.
Larsen’s ensuing battle with colorectal cancer — initially believed to be stage 4, then downgraded to 3.5 — was followed and reported by almost everyone across the outdoor industry (and beyond). The most unfiltered news came from Larsen himself, who penned candid, painfully honest updates on his progress on social media.
But, in true polar-expedition style, Larsen relentlessly pushed forward, day by day, week by week. Today, his story isn’t just one of overcoming hardship; it’s a story of values gained. With a few tears and a lot of laughs — Larsen talks recovery, next adventures, “sexing up” the climate crisis (in a good way), and more!