« Continue Browsing

e-mail article Print     e-mail article E-mail

Forum staff reports , Published February 08 2013

LIve chat at noon: Arctic explorer Lonnie Dupre

Extreme cold thwarted Arctic explorer Lonnie Dupre's third attempt to become the first person to summit Alaska's Mount McKinley solo in the dead of winter. Minnesota Public Radio is hosting a live chat with him at noon Friday.

51-year-old Dupre told his support crew early that he made his decision to abort his climb while it was 35 below zero in a snow cave he had built at the 17,200-foot level of the 20,320-foot mountain, North America's tallest peak.

Dupre is now in Homer, Alaska, recuperating from the climb where snow depths reached his chest. Early on in his journey Dupre says he suffered from hypothermia for at least 48 hours.

Dupre, of Grand Marais, Minn., also failed in his winter attempts to summit McKinley last year and in 2011.

Only two people have completed a McKinley summit in the dead of winter, December or January, but no one has done it alone.