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.

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learn more about John Huston and track his exciting adventures:

 

http://www.northpole09.com

review written by Lily Robert-Foley

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

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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

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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

John Huston Pulls Tires

November 20, 2008

posted by Caroline Picard; the original site for this article is here, or 2nd page of today’s tribune. (if you go to the website, you can check out a video); 

So the thing is, John Huston is going to be speaking at The Green Lantern at the end of January, as part of the North Georgia Gazette release…we’re very excited.

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Chicagoan trains for North Pole trek Chicagoan trains here for trek to North Pole

 

By Russell Working

Tribune reporter November 20, 2008

When John Huston is doing his workouts, he often hears assorted wiseacres yelling out: “Hey, dude, where’s your car?” or “Did you lose a bet?” Not such outrageous questions when you consider that Huston, a veteran dog sled racer, chains SUV tires together and drags them across grass or the sand by Lake Michigan. The Glen Ellyn native and Chicago resident has led a dog sled team across Greenland and a ski expedition to the South Pole. Now he’s spending hours every week dragging anywhere from two to five tires at a time to condition himself for his next big chilly adventure: hauling a sled 500 miles over the sea ice to the North Pole. In March, Huston, 32, and a buddy, Tyler Fish, 35, plan to trek from northern Canada to the mythic home of Santa Claus—while hauling all their supplies—making them the first Americans to ski unsupported to the pole. Related links Training for North Pole trek Photos The two, who are interested in the impact of global warming on the Arctic, plan to make observations on sea ice thickness and quality, and to participate in a separate study of human performance in extreme environments. Huston and Fish are experienced Arctic travelers. In 2006, Huston took part in a BBC televised re-enactment of Robert Scott and Roald Amundsen’s race to the South Pole. The number of 45-pound tires he uses depends on whether he is training for strength or endurance. Every so often a passerby, noticing the excruciating effort, will pump a fist and yell, “Respect!” More often, the numskulls speak up. Huston did find the remarks funny. “The first time,” he says, “not nearly as much the 50th time.”

rworking@tribune.com