The First Unsupported, Unassisted American Expedition to the North Pole

WBBM News Radio - Chicago Man Arrives at North Pole 4/27/09

CHICAGO (AP) ― A Chicago man and his traveling partner are believed to be the first Americans to get to the North Pole entirely unsupported and self-powered.

John Huston of Chicago and Tyler Fish of Ely, Minn., arrived at the North Pole Saturday.

That's according to a spokesman for Chicago-based Forward Expeditions. He says the men skied, snowshoed and even swam over 54 days. They left March 2 from Canada's Ellesmere Island.

The two men carried more than 650 pounds of gear on the trek. Each man reported losing about 30 pounds.

Fish and Huston were racing against a deadline.

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