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Lonnie Dupre announces plans for next winter climb.

Feb 20, 2018 01:54PM ● By Editor

Lonnie Dupre of Grand Marais MN.  Photo from Lonnie Dupre.

Mount Hunter (14,573 ft) is the steepest and most technical of the three great peaks in Denali National Park. It is also known as the most difficult 14,000 foot peak in North America. 

The first winter ascent of Mt. Hunter took place in March of 1980 by a three person team. No one has yet to succeed at a solo ascent of this mountain during the winter. That is the focus of this expedition.

Lonnie Dupre will attempt the first solo winter ascent of Mt. Hunter starting the end of February. With limited daylight and long nights at that time of year in the sub-arctic, much of the camping and some of the climbing will be carried out in the darkness of winter.  

“High winds and deep snow will be big obstacles, but technical climbing in extreme cold poses the greatest challenge” - Dupre

Depending on what Dupre sees of this years snow and glacier conditions from the air during his fly-in to basecamp on February 27th the climb will either take place via the NW Basin variation to the West Ridge or Ramen Route.  Note: NW Basin route is marked in blue and Ramen in red on mountain image.

Dupre will begin by shuttling supplies up the first 1500 feet of the  mountain from advanced basecamp during the first few days of the project.  Once in position and with a good weather forecast, he will make an ultra-light, week-long push to summit and back.  A stable window of good weather is paramount to the success of the climb due the limited supplies. The expedition is expected to take 15 days.

This will be Dupre’s third attempt at scaling Mount Hunter.

The expedition is supported by:

PrimaLoft - Performance Insulation used in the team’s clothing and sleeping systems.  PrimaLoft has been used in all of Dupre’s expeditions since 1995. Granite Gear, who produces serious backpacks and accessories which Dupre has used on his expeditions for over 25 years.  

Continued Support Sponsors are:

Mountain Hardwear


Hilleberg the Tentmaker 

Voyageur Brewing

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