Third Time's the Charm? Dupre Begins Summit Attempt

Posted at: 01/09/2013 11:45 AM
Updated at: 01/09/2013 10:46 PM
By: Ben Dery

Arctic explorer Lonnie Dupre of Grand Marais is underway on his third attempt to reach the summit of Mount McKinley alone during a climb in January.

After a ten-day wait, the weather finally allowed an air taxi to take Dupre to base camp at 7,200 feet on Mount McKinley, also known as Denali, on Tuesday.

Dupre is attempting to become the first solo expedition to reach the summit of the mountain during the month of January, the harshest month of winter; a feat never accomplished before.

This is his third attempt in as many years. Bad weather halted his two previous climbs, each of which he was just a one day climb away from reaching the peak.

"I just feel really confident," said Dupre about his climb before saying goodbye to his team on Tuesday. "They say third times the charm, and lets hope so."

Dupre has until January 31 to reach the summit. He has with him 34 days worth of supplies which can be stretched into a month and a half if need be.

Once the climb is finished, the expedition team will produce a documentary called "Cold Love" bringing attention to Alaska's vanishing glaciers.

To continue following Dupre's ascent, click here for the latest.