DeLorme part of record-setting Everest climb

Posted Oct. 15, 2010, at 2:32 p.m.

American climber Eric Larsen’s record setting feat of reaching the summit of Mount Everest Friday combined with his successful forays to both North and South Poles in a 365-day period earned him world-wide accolades including one from Yarmouth, Maine’s DeLorme.

Charlie Conley, marketing manager for DeLorme’s Consumer Division, said in a press release sent out Friday afternoon that “DeLorme would like to congratulate American Eric Larsen, who made history this morning when he summited Mt. Everest. That made him the first person ever to reach both the North and South Poles and the summit of Mt. Everest in a 365-day period.”

“Eric announced the summit at 3:04 a.m. ET on his Twitter Page, using the Earthmate PN-60w with SPOT Satellite Communicator to send the message. DeLorme is very excited and honored to have been part of this historic accomplishment,” Conley wrote.

According to the Website Stop Press! News, on Jan. 6, “Larsen and his team successfully completed a 750-mile, 48-day ski traverse to the Geographic South Pole. Larsen and a separate team reached the Geographic North Pole on April 22, Earth Day, after a 51-day, 500 mile push that included snowshoeing and skiing across shifting sea ice and sometimes even swimming across open water sections of the Arctic Ocean. His purpose for the Save the Poles expedition is to connect people with our last great frozen places and the environmental issues that are impacting them. Larsen uses these expeditions to promote individual action and national legislation on climate change issues.”

Stop Press! News continued, “With today’s advances in technology and new social media platforms, Larsen has been able to stay connected with thousands of fans and expedition followers across the globe by harnessing solar power to assist with daily blog updates, tweets, podcasts, satellite phone calls and photo streams. Earlier this year, Larsen checked in with Twitter and Facebook followers by sending the first ever “tweet” from the North Pole on Earth Day. For the Everest leg of the expedition, Larsen has included video updates from the mountain on an almost daily basis, as well as a more interactive approach to conversing and answering questions via Twitter and Facebook.

In addition to his avid use of technology and social media platforms to help tell the story, Larsen has partnered with the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center and the Protect Our Winters Foundation to provide a climate change curriculum available as a free download on the expedition’s web site. Larsen will also team up with the Center for Biological Diversity to petition Congress and the President on the need for stronger climate legislation.

• For all of Eric’s tweets to date, using the Earthmate PN-60w with the SPOT Satellite Communicator, go to http://twitter.com/#!/ELexplore

• For a PN-60/SPOT-supported track of his journey, click here: www.ericlarsenexplore.com/updates/position.php

• To learn more about Eric and Save the Poles, go to www.ericlarsenexplore.com/globalwarming/

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