Vapur Pro Team
Their adventures take Vapur Anti-Bottles to the ends of the earth (quite literally!) and their experience in the field offers insight into what extreme outdoor athletes and adventurers demand in a hydration companion. These respected individuals, Eric Larsen, Laura Bylund, Chris Davenport and Anna Levesque, of the outdoor realm have chosen to represent Vapur and the Anti-Bottle as members of the official Vapur Pro Team.
Modern-day explorer, educator, expedition guide and environmental enthusiast, Eric Larsen's life epitomizes adventure.
A polar adventurer, dog musher and educator, Eric has spent the past 15 years of his life traveling in some of the most remote and wild places left on earth. In 2006, Eric and Lonnie Dupre completed the first ever summer expedition to the North Pole. Eric successfully led his first expedition to the South Pole in 2008, covering nearly 600 miles in 41 days. Eric is now one of only a few Americans in to have skied to both the North and South Poles. He recently embarked on the final leg of the Save the Poles expedition - climbing to the summit of Mt. Everest. Eric has dedicated his adult life to sharing his love for the outdoor world with others. As an educator, Eric strives to connect people to places and issues. In recognition of those efforts, Eric was elected as one of Outside Magazine's Eco All Stars in 2008. He was also inducted as a member of the Explorer's Club based in New York City. Eric splits his time between Boulder, Colorado and Grand Marais, Minnesota
Laura Bylund is a lifelong rock climber, engaged in all types of climbing, all over the world for over two decades.
Laura is an Outdoor Education and Rope Rigging Professional from Southern California and she has been canyoneering since 2007 throughout the western region of the US and Hawaii. Laura is a certified Single Pitch Instructor with the American Mountain Guides Association, a NFPA certified Rope Rescue Technician, and a Course Provider for the Climbing Wall Instructor Program with the Professional Climbing Instructors’ Association. Laura works full-time as a manager for Adventure Programs at the University of California, Santa Barbara and is a lead instructor and stunt rigger for Alpine Training Services and ATS Filmworks. Laura is also a Wilderness First Responder and part time guide for Earthworks Climbing School of Ventura, CA.
Anna Levesque, an accomplished international competitor, instructor and guide, is a leading expert in her field.
Anna is a world-class paddler and instructor dedicated to enhancing the lives of women through kayaking, yoga and travel. During her career as a professional athlete, Anna was a member of the Canadian Freestyle Kayak Team from 1999 to 2003 and earned a bronze medal at the Freestyle World Championships in 2001. She placed in the top 3 in several freestyle competitions and extreme races during that time and has paddled in over 10 countries. Now Anna is the owner of the woman-empowered kayaking group called Girls at Play, inspiring lives “on and off the water.” Anna combines her expertise in kayaking with her experience as a yoga instructor, a student of meditation and personal transformation to provide a holistic, empowering experience for her students.
Two-time World Champion skier Chris Davenport is widely regarded as one of the premier big mountain skiers in the world today.
Among his many ski mountaineering achievements, in 2007 Chris became the first person to ski all fifty-four of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks in less than one year. He has numerous first descents of peaks around the globe under his belt, and recently guided and skied on Mt. Everest. Chris has been featured in more than thirty ski films by Warren Miller and Matchstick Productions.
He is also a TV commentator for ESPN, ABC sports, and Outside Television, and is an Olympic and World Cup announcer for ski racing events. Chris is a professional speaker who often lectures on risk management as it relates to business and mountain sports. Chris is the author of two beautiful coffee-table books that celebrate North America’s mountains, Ski The 14ers and Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America. When not traveling the globe Chris resides in Aspen, Colorado with his wife and three boys.
A renowned climber, guide, photographer, and speaker, Jake Norton’s career has always been focused beyond the summit.
Jake climbed Mt. Rainier at age 12, and was instantly hooked. He began guiding professionally at age 18, and guided his first 8000m peak, Cho Oyu, 5 years later. In 1999, Jake helped discover the remains of George Mallory high on Everest. He’s since been to Everest 7 times, reaching the summit 3 times via the Northeast and Southeast Ridges. Jake led the 2012 Eddie Bauer West Ridge Expedition, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the route’s 1st ascent.
In 2011, Jake and his wife, Wende Valentine, started Challenge21, a multi-year climbing/fundraising project dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the global water and sanitation crises. To date, Jake’s climbs and efforts have raised over $250,000 for Water For People, and spread the word to over 1 million people worldwide.
Jake’s biggest – and most rewarding – adventure to date is being the father of two children, Lila and Ryrie. He lives in Golden, Colorado.