Lonnie Dupre leaves basecamp, changes plans of ascent route
Jan 08, 2019 04:19PM
Dupre leaving basecamp. Photo courtesy of John Thain KTVA.com
From LonnieDupre.com - January 10, 2018
Prior to landing on the glacier, the plane did a few fly overs of the projected Ramen route. Then, after sleeping on it and while skiing from basecamp toward Mt. Hunter, Dupre digested what he had observed and made the decision to change his plan; the icefall is simply too heavily broken up for unroped travel. It's a tough call when you spend a year mentally visualizing and planning for a route to then change it on the fly - but such is mountaineering.
He is now tackling the northwest basin variation of the west ridge, the same route he tried in previous attempts. This time, snow conditions allowed him to make it through the crevasses and even gain some elevation to stash 9 days of food at his next projected camp.
Today, he had a snow bridge that spanned a large crevasse settle under his weight. By carefully receding and mentally regrouping, he was able to find a safe passage elsewhere.
The snow is deep, travel is slow. Dupre is working hard to keep the mental game together. With a 2-day snow storm coming on the weekend, it is critical that Dupre make it to the ridge with sufficient supplies to be off those avalanche-prone slopes.
Photo: Red line shows the icefall Dupre navigated to stash his food on the slope.
Lonnie Dupre of Grand Marais Dupre will be calling in daily audio updates via his Globalstar satellite phone and also sending visual SPOT locations so we can track his progress.