Lonnie Dupre Tries Again to Solo Alaska’s Mt. Hunter

Polar explorer turned climber Lonnie Dupre is heading back to Mount Hunter for his third attempt to solo the 4,441m peak in winter.

Dupre left for Alaska yesterday and begins his climb January 7 in the dim subarctic light. Crevasses, high winds and deep cold will be the main obstacles, the Minnesota resident explained. Mount Hunter, the third tallest peak in the Alaska range, is often dubbed the hardest peak over 14,000 feet in the U.S.

Mt Hunter Lonie Dupre next solo winter goal

Lonnie Dupre’s planned route up Mount Hunter, Alaska. Photo: Lonnie Dupre

Dupre’s projected route (marked in red above) crosses the icefall at the base of the mountain, then beelines towards the summit along a rather straightforward line up the south side. The crux of the climb will be the 900m, 50 to 60-degree couloir called the Ramen.

From his Advanced Base Camp at 8,000 feet, Dupre will shuttle supplies up the first 600m of the Ramen. Once on the ridge at 3,400m, he will wait for good weather to push for the summit.

The expedition is expected to take 19 days. After summiting Denali on his fourth winter attempt in 2016, Dupre decided to do Mt. Hunter in a similar style. He tried the previous two years but failed due to lingering bad weather.

Related articles:

Dupre Launches Mt. Hunter Bid

Dupre Solos Denali in Winter on the Fourth Try

 

Angela Benavides is a journalist specialised on high-altitude mountaineer and expedition news working with ExplorersWeb.com.

Angela Benavides has been writing about climbing and mountaineering, adventure and outdoor sports for 20+ years.

Prior to that, Angela Benavides spent time at/worked at a number of national and international media. She is also experienced in outdoor-sport consultancy for sponsoring corporates, press manager and communication executive, radio reporter and anchorwoman, etc. Experience in Education: Researcher at Spain’s National University for Distance Learning on the European Commission-funded ECO Learning Project; experience in teaching ELE (Spanish as a Second Language) and transcultural training for expats living in Spain.

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David Anderson
David Anderson
3 years ago

I enjoy reading the updates your site provides on a wide range of outdoor topics. However, statements like “is often dubbed the hardest peak over 14,000 feet in the U.S” are at best very misleading. In my opinion there is no need to over-hype Dupre’s extremely challenging expedition.

Michael Heslop
Michael Heslop
2 years ago
Reply to  David Anderson

By many mountaineers it is known as one of the hardest in the US. Not necessarily technically speaking, but you also have extremely high winds, and brutal conditions to contend with.

Just like Denali is considered more brutal to climb than Everest by many, for those same reasons. However as gear improves, so does the comfort level of these Alaska climbs thereby lowering the brutality factor.