Grand Marais Adventurer Gives Up Attempt To Summit Mt. McKinley

Grand Marais adventurer Lonnie Dupre has given up on reaching the summit of Alaska’s Mt. McKinley. After reaching 17,200 feet on the 20,320-foot mountain, he found the snow too hard to dig a suitable shelter.

He was planning to descend the mountain starting today, weather permitting.

My colleague Steve Kuchera wrote a story appearing in today’s Duluth News Tribune about Dupre’s attempt. Here is a link to that story.

Also, I want to correct an error I made in a previous post. Dupre was attempting to become the first person to reach the summit of Mt. McKinley in January. I had said he was attempting to become the first person to summit the mountain in winter, but two previous climbers have done that. I apologize for the error.