Cold Hunter One: Expedition Cook Kit

Since I spend the bulk of my tent time operating the stove for snow melting and for cooking, I put lots of thought in my cook system. The entire system is attached to a stove board for safety and handling, makes it a lot easier to light too. The pot size is a balance between weight and ease of preparation. For winter expeditions you’ll want a slightly bigger pot than what’s typically used in summer. This is to accommodate large snow and ice chunks and to allow for more water volume which helps accelerate the melting process. Think of the water needs you'll have each morning and evening. For example in the morning, two people require water for breakfast, morning drinks, 2 thermos’ and 2 wa

Cold Hunter One: Keeping Frost Off the Phalanges

We’ve covered feet… now hands. All too often mountaineers and explorers risk losing fingers and toes in extreme cold. Let’s see how Lonnie, after 30 years of cold weather expeditions has managed to keep all his digits! Lonnie's mitt liners are filled with Primaloft One synthetic fibers - it's what he trusts.

Cold Hunter One: Launch

Dupre prepares for another winter climb. Mount Hunter (14,573 ft) is the steepest and most technical of the three great peaks in Denali National Park. It is also known as the most difficult 14,000 foot peak in North America. The first winter ascent of Mt. Hunter took place in March of 1980 by a three person team. No one has yet to succeed at a solo ascent of this mountain during the winter. Starting January 7, 2019, Lonnie Dupre will attempt to complete the first solo winter ascent of Mt. Hunter. With limited daylight in the sub-arctic, much of the camping and some of the climbing will be carried out in the dark. “Being alone, crevasses, and steep sustained climbing pose the greatest challe

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