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Forward: The First American Unsupported Expedition to the North Pole

Posted October 8, 2012 | Posted in Adult Services, high school, Teen Services

Explorer John Huston will discuss his 55-day expedition to the North Pole.

On Monday evening, October 15, at 7:00 pm, John Huston, a modern-day explorer from the Chicago area will speak at the Villa Park Public Library about his latest exploration adventure: an unsupported expedition to the North Pole. An unsupported trip is one in which the explorers travel under their own power and pack everything they need from the beginning to end. They do not use motorized vehicles nor re-stock any supplies during the expedition.

In April 2009, John and expedition partner Tyler Fish made this 475-mile 55 day land-based journey. Such a trip has been called the toughest expedition on the planet; only 13 other expeditions have successfully completed such a feat. Huston has also participated in other expeditions including to the South Pole and to Greenland. Several trips have been highlighted on the History Channel and the BBC. At the Library, Huston will talk about the expedition and the resulting book, entitled Forward: The First American Unsupported Expedition to the North Pole, which will be available for sale.

The library program is free and open to the public, but please call the Library Check Out Desk at 630-834-1164 to register.