by Lorien Nettleton ~ January 17th, 2012
Arctic adventurer Lonnie Dupre has spent the last week in Talkeetna enjoying time with the characters around town and recovering from his most recent expedition. Dupre had attempted to climb Mt. McKinley alone in the month of January, but had to call the voyage off when weeks of potent storms kept him from being able to safely travel at high altitude in extreme cold and against tremendous winds.
Clip: 1Lonnie – 1:07”
Dupre recounted the dangers he faced while exiting the 14,000-foot camp towards lower altitudes in the dark, under extreme winds that almost swept him off the mountain.
CLIP: 2Lonnie – 2:37”
On Monday night Dupre presented a slide show to a full audience at the Talkeetna Roadhouse, where he showed images and video that recounted some of the highlights from his 25 years of arctic exploration. Among other adventures, Dupre has walked to the North Pole twice, circumnavigated Greenland by dog team and Kayak, and followed 3,000 miles of coast on the arctic ocean, from Barrow Alaska to Churchill, Canada.
Dupre didn’t give any hints as to what his next adventure might be, but he said he’s going to take whatever comes down the road. In the meantime, he’ll be promoting his new book: “Life on Ice: 25 years of Arctic Exploration” that recounts his many expeditions.