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Video: Lonnie Dupre scuttles Mount Hunter Ascent

Jan 17, 2019 04:50PM ● By Editor
From Boreal Community Media - January 17, 2019

Lonnie Dupre of Grand Marais has given up on his chance to ascend Mount Hunter in Denali National Park, Alaska.

Writing on his blog at, Dupre said "There is an aggressive 1,200 foot massive icefall that guards access to the south side of the mountain leading to the Ramen route. Huge crevasses and stacked blocks of ice the size of houses.  However every other year, depending on glacier movement and snowfall, the south flank of the icefall becomes just passable. The glacier movement slows down and heavy snows fill the voids."

Dupre writes that the path was simply not passable based on this winter's conditions.

This photo shows Dupre's footsteps after having navigated the crevasses.  Photo:  Lonnie Dupre

He continues that the partial government shut-down influenced his decision based on the lack of government resources should a rescue be required.  "
Another thing weighed in on the decision too. With this year’s government shutdown and its impact on park staff, a rescue this year would have been extremely limited and possibly impossible - even with my SAR insurance."

You can read more about Lonnie's Mount Hunter expedition and his future advertures by following this link to his website.


Watch Lonnie dig up his supplies at 9,000 feet after his decision abandon the climb.

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