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Lonnie Dupre to attempt Winter Denali again and Cold Love premiers

Posted: Nov 21, 2014 04:46 am EST


(Newsdesk/Press release) Dupre will once again attempt to become the first person to solo summit Alaska’s Denali in January. Polar Climb 1 launches on Dec. 15, 2014, when he is scheduled to fly to the Kahiltna Glacier at the base of Denali. He will pull a five-foot sled with 165 pounds of supplies (a 34-day supply of food and fuel) on the mountain’s lower elevations, then switch to backpacking supplies up the steeper parts. He will mark the route’s crevasses and camps with 175 bamboo wands to increase his chances for a safe return, which is when most climbing deaths occur.


With winter winds regularly exceeding 100 mph, temperatures dropping below -60ºF, and just six hours of sunlight a day, January is a formidable time on Denali, North America’s highest mountain (20,320 foot elevation). Only nine expeditions totaling 16 people have ever reached the Denali summit in any winter month, and six deaths occurred during those climbs. Of these previous winter expeditions four were solo, but none were in January, which is the darkest and coldest time of the year on the mountain. Only one team of three Russian climbers has successfully summited Denali in January. In his three previous attempts to solo Denali, Dupre was turned back by bad weather.


Dupre brings 25 years of Arctic exploration to his most recent endeavor. He was the first to circumnavigate Greenland by non-motorized transport, and he has reached the North Pole in two separate expeditions.  


He feels even more prepared for this solo summit than before, Dupre says in a press release.



Cold Love, an adventure documentary based primarily on explorer Lonnie Dupre’s Arctic expeditions in Greenland, Alaska, and the North Pole, premiers on November. 22, 2014 at 4:30pm at the Outdoor Adventure Expo in Minneapolis. The one-hour film, featuring the dramatic beauty and life-giving forces of our earth’s frozen places, is produced by Emmy award winner Deia Schlosberg in conjunction with Lonnie Dupre and One World Endeavors





Lonnie Dupre's winter Denali kicks off (2013)


North Pole by ski and canoe: Lonnie Dupre and Eric Larsen recall


ExWeb interview with Lonnie Dupre, I still sleep with my stove pumps


Glacier melt reveals remnants of Washburn's 1947 Denali expedition


Weather window brings high Denali success rate


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Adventure Film, Cold Love, premieres ahead of Polar Climb 1 Launch on November 22nd, 2014.
courtesy Lonnie Dupre, SOURCE
Cold Love, is an adventure documentary based primarily on Lonnie Dupre's Arctic expeditions in Greenland, Alaska, and the North Pole. Image: Dupre and Eric Larsen on their summer North Pole expedition (click to enlarge).
courtesy Eric Larsen, SOURCE