Polar Explorer, Guide, Educator, Speaker, Safety & Logistics Consultant
Home Base: Boulder, CO
John 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 an educator, motivational speaker, safety and logistics consultant, and wilderness guide.
Public lands and the protection of wilderness area means a great deal to John. Throughout his career he has witnessed the positive effects that wildlands can have on individuals, communities, local economies, and the outdoor recreation industry. As a representative of Backpacker’s Pantry, in the spring of 2019, John was part of a Conservation Alliance team that lobbied Congress to take measures to protect wildlands.