Photo: Basecamp Pick Up - by John Walter Whittier Today was the day. We met Lonnie with big hugs, high fives and lots of cheers upon our landing at basecamp. With high energy and excitement we tried to take in the beautiful day and dramatic atmosphere Denali granted us. Dupre enjoyed a fresh Talkeetna Roadhouse salad, macaroons from Hear in America and a Denali Brewery IPA on the plane ride back. Before Lonnie was allowed to thaw too much, he showered, shaved and finally got
Photo: Dupre Basecamp Arrival - by John Walter Whittier Lonnie Dupre called in around noon to Talkeetna with a weather report coming around Heartbreak Hill on Denali. Two planes, an otter and beaver, loaded up and took off in hopes of returning with Lonnie. From the town of Talkeetna to the range, into Denali the weather changed rapidly. Both planes kept on with hopes of making it to basecamp, but were both unable to land on the Kahiltna glacier(basecamp) due to extreme winds
Photo: Lonnie's Ladder Denali 2012 - by Lonnie Dupre Lonnie called later in the evening last night at 11,200ft. Sounding more positive than ever, his plan was to camp that evening and continue travelling today as the weather allows. Dupre could arrive at basecamp as early as today, giving us a potential to pick him up either today or tomorrow. Stay updated here or our facebook as we receive more information.
Dupre called today at 15:57(CST) via his satellite phone at 14,200ft. He started his ascent from 17.2K to the summit at 5am Alaska time, arriving at 20,320ft(Summit) 2pm and arriving back at 17.2K at 5:15pm. For the summit, Lonnie Dupre travelled light. He packed four liters of water, one chocolate bar, one and half packages of shot blocks energy bar and one ice axe. He left this morning from 17.2K camp at 3:30am with only hours of sleep. He made his way down the West Buttres
January 11, 2015 Talkeetna, Alaska Photo: Lonnie Dupre Descending Denali (approx 18,000ft) with Headlamp by John Walter Whittier Contact: Stevie Plummer, 503-871-3387 or LonnieDupre@gmail.com Solo Climber Reaches Elusive Winter Summit Arctic explorer and climber Lonnie Dupre became the first to summit Denali aka Mount McKinley in January – alone. 25 days ago on 12/18/14 Dupre flew to basecamp. With winter winds regularly exceeding 100 miles per hour, temperatures dropping be