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Lonnie Dupre

Lonnie was born in 1961 and raised on a Minnesota country farm. He is descended on his mother’s side from Jacques Cartier, the French explorer and founder of Quebec. Lonnie currently lives in Grand Marais, Minnesota  enjoying  woodworking and back country skiing in the Quetico/Boundary Waters Wilderness of the Minnesota/Canadian border area.


  •  Dupre completed the first west to east, 3,000 mile winter crossing of Canada’s famed Northwest Passage by dog team

  • Achieved the first circumnavigation of Greenland, a 6,500 mile, all non-motorized journey by kayak and dog team

  • Lonnie has pulled sleds on skis from Canada to the North Pole twice achieving over 68 million impressions worldwide on issues surrounding climate change

  • Dupre accomplished the first solo winter ascent of Alaska’s Mount Denali (20,340ft.) in January

  • Alpine Ascent of Kyajo Ri (20,295 ft) in Nepal

  • First Ascent of Jeannette Peak (10,135 ft) in British Columbia

  • Solo Ascent of Mount Quincy Adams at 13,615 ft. Alaska

  • First Winter Ascent of Mount Wood at 15,912 ft. Yukon

  •  Winter Ascent of  Mount Frances 10,450 ft. Alaska

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For as long as I can remember, I have loved snow and ice. As a result, I have spent most of my life exploring the Arctic region. These journeys have brought such joy and beauty to my life that I have dedicated myself to helping preserve these wonderful frozen places. More than ever before, I am driven to share my passion for the Arctic, a region whose health and stability have far-reaching consequences for us all. Knowing that strength is in numbers, our expeditions hope to inspire worldwide movements dedicated both to fighting pollution and to addressing climate change.

This will also be a support tool for leading environmental organizations and legislators who want to inspire large audiences to help with this work.”

 — Lonnie Dupre



Soviet "Sportsman's Medal" from Mikhail Gorbachev


Rolex Award for


Scott Pearlman


Elected Fellow
National Explorers Club


Ellected Fellow Royal Canadian Geographic Society


National Geographic-
Best of Adventure

2000 & 2001

Polartec Challenge


Winter Olympics
Oslo, Norway


Outside magazine Most
Bad Ass Adventure

Also Seen In

CNN, Wall Street Journal, Discovery channel, Boston Globe, Wired Magazine, New York Times, USA Today, CBS, and NPR, Sports Illustrated, Reader’s Digest, Outside Magazine and Scientific American.
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