John's Adventure Biography
John Huston is a professional polar explorer and veteran of the first American unsupported expedition to the North Pole. He has completed major expeditions to the South Pole, on Greenland and to Canada’s fabled Ellesmere Island. He began his career as an instructor and sled dog trainer at the Voyageur Outward Bound School (https://www.vobs.org/) in northern Minnesota’s Boundary Waters, where he fell in love with winter expeditions. John is also a motivational speaker, safety and logistics consultant, and wilderness guide. John and his family live on the outskirts of Boulder, Colorado.
John sees his expeditions as mental and physical endeavors that require a singularity of focus and complete immersion in the wilderness. Goal oriented since childhood, he embraces all of the planning, training, toil, and adaptations that come with major expeditions. Whether it is navigating through a junkyard maze of sea ice rubble, skiing into the alpenglow of the midnight sun, or the camaraderie that comes with a team safely pitching a tent in a howling blizzard, John lives for moments in which effort and reward seamlessly flow together. Optimism – the unwavering belief in success through hard work and perseverance – and humility – the pragmatic ability to adapt and learn – are the core values he applies to his work as an explorer, educator, and speaker.
Ellesmere Island, Canada – 2013
Retracing century old expedition routes and documenting an Arctic frontier.
65 days, 600+ miles by skijoring
North Pole – 2009
The First American Unsupported Expedition to the North Pole
Expedition partner: Tyler Fish
55 days, 478 miles by ski, no resupplies, 100% human-powered
South Pole – 2007/08
Full-length ski expedition to the South Pole
Expedition guide and leader for Northwinds Expeditions
57 days, 720 miles by ski, resupplied, 100% human-powered
Greenland – The Modern Amundsen Expedition – 2005
Re-staging of Roald Amundsen’s race to the South Pole for a BBC/History Channel documentary film project.
Dog musher and lone American on team of Norwegian explorers.
72 days, 1400 miles by dogsled and ski, using only 1911-style food, clothing and equipment
John has completed many shorter expeditions in the Arctic and elsewhere, most often as a trainer and guide.
Several short winter expeditions this upcoming winter.
Baffin Island (http://www.johnhuston.com/baffin/) - 2 weeks during April 2019.
Upcoming polar expeditions: to be announced.
John's Favorite Climbing Meals
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John's meal preparation hacks
On polar expeditions, or any high-exertion backcountry endeavor, I try to maximize calories while minimizing weight. It’s all about increasing the calorie to gram ratio. Often I’ll dump high calorie additions like olive oil, butter, whole milk powder, or parmesan cheese into my meals. Several of my favorite Backpacker’s Pantry meals, like Granola with Blueberries, Almonds, & Milk, have those high calorie ingredients already built in.
I love the hearty creamy nutritious calories of the Lasagna. After a cold day in the field a steaming bowl of this lasagna hits the spot big time. The flavors blend together so well, just like my Italian Aunt’s home cooked lasagna. Sometimes I add in crushed red pepper for a little kick.
Granola with Blueberries, Almonds & Milk has what I crave in the morning: big calories, tons of flavor, butter!, and simple nutritious ingredients. If I don’t start my backcountry day with a solid meal, it can be a struggle to catch up and this granola fits the bill. Preparation with cold water is so easy and literally takes no time at all.