“Life on the Ice Caps : Daily Life, Inspiration and Mental Musings from the Cold Deserts”

January 19, 2009

Due to the Presidential Inauguration, John Huston‘s forthcoming lecture on Arctic Exploration has been rescheduled for


Credit: Tyler Fish, Forward Expeditions

Wednesday the 21st of January.

“Life on the Ice Caps : Daily Life, Inspiration and Mental

Musings from the Cold Deserts

by John Huston, 7pm @ The Green Lantern Gallery

This event is free


Credit: John Huston, Forward Expeditions

Members of polar expeditions live unique, strange existences.  By choice they venture away from home for long periods of time to live seemingly lonely existences in some of the harshest conditions on earth.  Despite the physical and mental hardships involved, most explorers find the experience oddly addicting.  This presentation will discuss the mental side of polar exploration and give insight into what is actually going through the heads of polar explorers while they are on the ice.   Why do they do this?  How do they manage to enjoy themselves?  What keeps them coming back?  What do they miss? How do they place themselves in a mindset that facilitates the ability to push their own perceived limits?  Along with answering these and other questions John ill also talk about how climate change is affecting the polar regions.

In March of 2009 John Huston, of Ely, MN and Chicago, IL, and Tyler Fish, of Ely, will attempt to become the first Americans to ski unsupported to the North Pole.  Polar veteran Richard Weber has describes skiing unsupported to the North Pole as “the hardest trek on the planet.”  The expedition will not use sled dogs or outside assistance in the form of supply-drops or re-supplies.  Beginning in early March, the two will ski and snowshoe 475 miles in approximately 55 days.  Due to the rapidly melting Arctic Ocean sea ice, this expedition may not be possible in 10 or 15 years.

This past winter John Huston, of Ely, MN and Chicago, IL led a 57-day, 720-mile cross-country ski expedition from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole.  The expedition was a lot more difficult than he expected.  During the winter and spring of 2007 he lived in remote villages on Baffin Island for 100 days while working as expedition base camp manager for Will Steger’s Global Warming 101 expedition.
In 2005 he was a member of a Norwegian team in an observational documentary film project that re-ran Amundsen’s and Scott’s 1911 race for the South Pole using only 1911 style food, clothing and equipment. A lifelong educator with a passion for challenge, John is inspired by the lesser-known success stories of polar exploration history and the optimistic potentials inherent in all people.

The presentation will include stunning photos and video from Greenland, Antarctica, Baffin Island and the Arctic Ocean.

written by John Huston & posted by Caroline Picard


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