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 ( 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.

John's favorite meal: Stroganoff Sauce, Egg Noodles, Beef & Mushrooms

"I’ve eaten more stroganoff than any other Backpacker’s Pantry meal. I just find it super satisfying. Stroganoff Sauce, Egg Noodles, Beef & Mushrooms fills me up and I love the taste...and it is made from solid ingredients that burn slowly. Those factors, calories, flavor, and burn-rate are big ones for me. When one single meal checks all of those boxes it is a big winner for me. A few years ago, I ate stroganoff for breakfast and dinner for several days straight and loved every bite."

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