posted by Caroline Picard

written by Captain Parry (whom Lily finds quite dashing)


also excerpted from The Captain’s Log (c. 1821) and to be published in our forthcoming publication The North Georgia Gazette.

The effect which exposure to severe frost has, in benumbing the mental as well as the corporeal faculties, was very striking in this man, as well as in two of the young gentlement who returned after dark, and of whom we were anxious to make inquiries respecting Pearson.  When I sent for them into my cabin, they looked wild, spoke thick and indistinctly, and it was impossible to draw from them a rational answer to any of our questions.  After being on board for a short time, the mental faculties appeared gradually to return with the returning circulation, and it was not till then that  looker-on could easily persuade himself that they had not been drinking too freely.  To those who have been much accustomed to cold countries this will be no newe remark; but I cannot help thinking (and it is with this view that I speak of it) that many a man may have been punished for intoxication, who was only suffering from the benumbing effects of frost; for I have more than once seen our people in a state so exactly resembling that of the most stupid intoxication, that I should certainly have charged them with that offence, had I not been quite sure that no possible means were afforded them on Melville Island, to procure any thing stronger than snow-water.  In order to guard in some measure against the danger of persons losing their way, which was more and more to be apprehended as the days became shorter, and the ground more covered with snow, which gives such a dreary sameness to the country, we erected on all the hills within two or three miles of the harbour, finger-posts pointing towards the ships.


artwork by Deb Sokolow

On Wednesday, January 21st, John Huston gave The Green Lantern Gallery and Press the honor of giving a talk about his adventures the Arctic and Antarctic regions.  It was  a true success story in an ongoing experiment of interdisciplinarity.  The audience at The Green Lantern was almost exclusively comprised of artists and writers.  The extreme north and south of the planet are places that fascinate the artistic, scientific, and athletic mind like.  John Huston with a deft eloquence arising from a sophisticated sense of, in his words, “optimism, humility and responsibility,” thoroughly enraptured a group of artists with his stories, observations, images and knowledge of these regions.


learn more about John Huston and track his exciting adventures:

review written by Lily Robert-Foley

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