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

Lonnie Dupre Minnesota Arctic explorer climber for winter solo Mount 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.

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Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides

Senior journalist, published author and communication consultant. Specialized on high-altitude mountaineering, with an interest for everything around the mountains: from economics to geopolitics. After five years exploring distant professional ranges, I returned to ExWeb BC in 2018. Feeling right at home since then!

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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.