By Jin Sing, The Cornell Sun
Larsen is the first American to reach all three "poles" and the first person ever to accomplish this feat within one year. He grew up in Minnesota and joked that his most unusual characteristics are his love of winter and love of camping.
"[I] judge quality of life by how many nights I can spend in a tent," Larsen said.
After graduating from college, he joined the Student Conservation Association and worked as a backcountry ranger in Alaska, where he explored the Canadian Arctic.