Eric Larsen, renowned Polar Explorer, is putting the inReach through it’s paces in Churchill, Manitoba while training and testing gear for his upcoming expedition. Eric is no stranger to DeLorme products having taken a previous DeLorme satellite communicator to the summit of Mt Everest in 2009 during the final leg of his Save The Poles expedition.
Eric and his team are sharing their experiences from Churchill with blog posts and YouTube videos. You can even send them a message using their Map Share page.
Here’s a picture Eric sent us showing him corresponding with people back home using DeLorme’s inReach and Earthmate PN-60w.
You can read more about the team’s inReach experience in a blog post from Eric’s tech guru Tim Harrincar titled Tech Talk from Tim. In his post Tim explains the purpose of their trip and how they evaluate gear like the inReach and other tech products they are testing.
“One of the major goals of the trip is to field test equipment for future adventures to insure that cost-benefit of that equipment justifies its place in the kit. The “cost” of any piece of technology equipment is weight and power consumption which means asking questions like can it do the job of an alternate, heavier piece of equipment? Can it do more than one job? Can it do its job faster or easier than an alternative? Does it improve safety? Is it something new and interesting?” -Tim Harrincar
Their YouTube update, Dispatch Day 5 | Home, has a nice clip of the inReach hanging in Eric’s tent while he describes the value of the gear that he selects for his expeditions and how all of it becomes his home when he’s in the arctic.
“…you’re traveling to all these new places and every night you’re in the same place and it’s all familiar. That’s that one constant in all that chaos and that’s home… Everything is within arms reach and if we can’t reach it we don’t need it.” -Eric Larsen
While I’ve never been to a location as extreme as the arctic, I can definitely appreciate Eric’s statement about the importance of the gear you carry having packed my own home on my back before during multi-day hikes. The planning and preparation that Eric and his team put into their expeditions is truly impressive.
I encourage everyone to check out the team’s blog posts and videos to learn more about Eric Larsen’s expeditions and why he has chosen to include the inReach among the equipment keeping him connected when traveling to the far corners of the earth.
While you’re there be sure to view his location on their DeLorme inReach Map Share page and send them a message. I know that Eric will love to hear from all of you interested in his adventures!