Discovery Communications-owned cable network Animal Planet is readying the self-shot adventure special Melting: Last Race to the Pole from High Noon Entertainment.
The two-hour documentary is set to document the first-person account of accomplished polar explorer Eric Larsen and extreme mountaineer Ryan Waters as they risk life and limb to reach the northernmost point on Earth before receding ice levels melt off completely.
The film will follow Larsen and Waters as they journey across 480-miles of rapidly thinning ice and glacial waters in an attempt to reach the North Pole in 48 days – breaking the current “unsupported” expedition speed record set by a Norwegian team in 2006.
Melting: Last Race to the Pole premieres December 9 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.
“The Arctic Ocean sea ice is disappearing, and North Pole expeditions may not be possible in the near future,” said Eric Larsen in a statement. “Melting: Last Race to the Pole is our attempt to tell the story of one of the last great frozen wildernesses left on the planet before it is forever gone.”