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Extreme adventurer shares travel stories

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -

"I basically spend my life in pursuit of cold places," said adventurer Eric Larsen.

Although Vermont is the perfect place to find cold temperatures this time of the year, for Larsen it feels like tropical paradise. "At the starting point March 1, when they will be out there, it will be around 55 degrees below zero," he said.

In 2010 the Wisconsin native set a world record trekking to the North Pole, South Pole, and summit of Mt. Everest all in the same year. And now he's on a mission to set yet another world record. "This expedition is honestly one of the hardest ones in the entire planet. There's been about 6,000 people that have summitted Mt. Everest, and less than 200 that have ever completed this North Pole expedition, and our goal is to do it the fastest time in history," Larsen said.

With a small crew, Larsen will take off in March and make the 45 day trek to the geographical North Pole. He stopped in Vermont first to share his stories and talk about the one thing that has allowed him to do his extreme travels -- safety. "The bottom line is responsible recreation. And it doesn't matter if you're going on a polar expedition or walking your dog, there are a few simple steps that everybody can take to be responsible recreators," Larsen told an audience at EMS in South Burlington.

Although temperatures in Vermont don't drop to arctic conditions, many locals say staying safe is still key."We like to hike and snowshoe, so it depends on how much snow's up there. But we hike year round, so in the winter time we'll just put on microspikes or snowshoes and continue our hiking," said Peggy Faucher

Peggy and her husband Marc say they love being outdoors, and they were looking forward to hearing stories from the North Pole, and take a few tricks of the trade to keep their local outdoor adventures safe.  "Believe it or not, can get too hot climbing up the mountain on a day like today. But when you get to the top, you stop moving and it gets cold really fast, so you have to be ready with some extra layers," Marc Faucher said.

Larsen will tour a handful of states spreading his stories and ways for people to stay safe during the colder winter months. He says the more prepared he is for the brutal conditions at the North Pole, the more he can worry about bigger, hairier threats. "I think one of the scariest moments I ever had was when a polar bear jumped on our tent while we were sleeping in it," he said.

Larsen's trip is sponsored the mapping company Delorme. He also documents the impacts that climate change has on the melting ice at the poles.

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