Lonnie Dupre Abandons Denali Ascent

Bad weather scuttles solo winter climb

On Monday, an air taxi evacuated climber Lonnie Dupre from Alaska's Denali, 19 days into his second attempt at a first-ever solo ascent of the mountain in January. Dupre, 50, spent seven days waiting out high winds in a snow cave at 14,200 feet before a worsening extended forecast forced him off the mountain. Whiteout conditions and 80 mile-per-hour winds hindered his descent, and strong gusts forced Dupre to self-arrest several times to avoid serious falls. Tending to frostbitten fingers in nearby Talkeetna, Alaska, Dupre indicated that he is not likely to attempt another ascent of Denali. "You could easily get pinned down at high altitude for 10 days and run out of food and fuel. Now that I’m qualified to join AARP I might just start dogsledding again."

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