Cold halts Minn. man’s Mt. McKinley solo climb
Extreme cold has thwarted a Minnesota climber’s third attempt to become the first person to summit Alaska’s Mount McKinley solo in the dead of winter.
The Anchorage Daily News says 51-year-old Lonnie Dupre told his support crew early Sunday that it was 35 below zero in a snow cave he had built at the 17,200-foot level of the 20,320-foot mountain, North America’s tallest peak.
His support crew says Dupre is making his way down and will proceed as the weather permits.
Dupre – of Grand Marais, Minn. – also failed in his winter attempts to summit McKinley last year and in 2011.
Only two people have completed a McKinley summit in the dead of winter – December or January – but no one has done it alone.