Author, adventurer Tyler Fish at Chisago Lakes library

Author Tyler Fish will speak about his North Pole adventure on Oct. 9 at the library in Chisago City.

On a perfect day in March, 2009, with the temperature hovering near –40° Fahrenheit, John Huston and Tyler Fish stepped off the North American continent and onto the frozen, jumbled surface of the Arctic Ocean.

The two had their sights set on one goal: to travel under their own power to the North Pole without resupply. If they succeeded, they’d be the first Americans to do so.

Over a period of nearly two months, Huston and Fish skied more than 500 miles, hauling sleds that contained everything they needed to survive.

They maneuvered their 300-pound loads through punishing rubble fields and swam across stretches of open water. To fuel their bodies and fight back the cold, each consumed more than 7,000 calories per day, downing deep-fried bacon, chunks of butter, and fat-laden pemmican stew.

“Forward: The First American Unsupported Expedition to the North Pole” is their story. Published in December of 2011 by Octane Press, the book won the 2012 Benjamin Franklin Award of the Independent Book Publishers Association in the sports and recreation category.

Will Steger, author of “Crossing Antarctica,” calls the book “the fascinating inside story of a knock-down-drag-out expedition to the top of the world.”

Tyler Fish will speak at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at the Chisago Lakes Area Library, 11754 302nd St. in Chisago City.

Fish’s appearance is funded by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund in partnership with the Chisago Lakes Friends of the Library, Wild River Audubon Society and Chisago City Parks & Recreation.

For more information contact Cortney Walbridge at 763-689-7390 or cwalbridge@ecrlib.org.

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