A big congrats to Eric Larson, who nabbed his ‘third pole,’ the summit of Mount Everest, on Thursday, in his quest to summit the world’s highest mountain and ski to both North and South Pole inside of one year. Larson’s Save the Poles Expedition was part of an effort to raise awareness about global warming by calling attention to its affects on the world’s most extreme places.
And while those places are seeing the effects (you can’t listen to the news without hearing about how quickly the polar regions are melting), the world’s extreme places are still extreme. Extreme enough to cause a number of moments of pause for someone who’s very accustomed to extreme environments.
Definitely makes you realize just what a boot like the Phantom 8000 is built for, and we’re psyched it was Eric’s boot of choice for his climb. He also had lots of chances to test those boots in cold places, since, for his two skis to the poles earlier this year, he used special makeup Phantom 8000s that SCARPA built with a telemark binding-compatible sole.
Check out Eric’s blog for a quick read about what it feels like to boot up on Everest’s South Col or an attempt on the summit (knots in your stomach followed by no sleep anyone?). He’ll post continuing updates here on the rest of the story and summit day.