John Huston

MYSTERY RANCH Brand Ambassador


Evanston, IL, grew up in Glen Ellyn, IL


Boulder, CO


Polar Explorer. Expedition Trainer. Safety & Logistics Consultant. Safety Director for Northwestern University’s new student wilderness program. Motivational Speaker.

I see expeditions as physical and mental endeavors that require a singleness of focus and total immersion in the outdoors. People always ask me for the highlights from my expeditions. Standing at the North Pole after skiing for 55 days straight is something I’ll never forget. But for me the biggest highlights come from hardworking everyday moments. 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, I live for moments in which effort and reward seamlessly flow together.

I’m a big believer in the positive power of nature and experiential learning. From the beginning of my career I’ve worked with youth and at-risk teens to grow, develop, and have fun in wilderness settings.



What Mystery Ranch Packs do you Run?

  • Terraplane, Scree, Mission Duffle, Java, Booty Bag

Other Sponsors:

  • MSR, Therm-a-rest, Victorinox, Oakley, Thermos, Swix, Toko, SealLine, Dermatone, Steger Mukluks, Wapiti Woolies, Crazy Creek, Gator

Favorite Quotes:

"I may say that this is the greatest factor: the way in which the expedition is equipped, the way in which every difficulty is foreseen, and precautions taken for meeting or avoiding it. Victory awaits him who has everything in order, luck, people call it. Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time, this is called bad luck."

-Roald Amundsen

"Optimism is true moral courage."

-Ernest Shackleton

"You are what you eat."