After becoming the first solo climber to reach the summit of Denali in the month of January, Lonnie Dupre will be spending at least one more night on the mountain after weather forced his ride to turn back. KTNA’s Phillip Manning was along for the attempted pick-up, and has more:
When it comes to getting in and out of base camp on Denali, nearly everyone travels by airplane. That was the plan on Wednesday. Climber Lonnie Dupre was expected to reach base camp by the early afternoon, and two planes were going to meet him, caring sponsors, support crew, and reporters. The weather was clear, but a system was obviously moving in from the south. After one final check-in with Lonnie Dupre by satellite phone, Talkeetna Air Taxi pilot Paul Roderick set off.
The flight started fairly smoothly, but as the plane entered the Alaska Range, turbulence began to pick up. (more…)