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Learn about trek to North Pole at Batavia library

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Submitted by Batavia Public Library

"The North Pole ... The Hard Way" will be presented at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. Guest speaker is John Huston.

In 2009, Huston and his expedition partner became the first and only Americans to reach the North Pole unsupported after a journey of 55 days and 475 miles. After hauling, heaving, and slamming through ice rubble, they slid and swam and finally sprinted in a dash for the Pole.

This presentation features photographs and videos from the journey and a display of expedition clothing.

Huston has completed major expeditions to the North Pole, South Pole, on Greenland, and most recently on Canada's Ellesmere Island. A resident of Evanston, Huston works as a motivational speaker, author, safety and logistics consultant, and wilderness guide.

Huston's book, "Forward: The First American Unsupported Expedition to the North Pole," will be available for purchase and signing after the lecture.

"The North Pole ... The Hard Way" is the 25th program in the Batavia Public Library's New Lyceum Lecture Series and is sponsored by the Batavia Public Library Foundation. The lecture is free; however, registration is required.

Register online at or call (630) 879-1393, ext. 200.