Lonnie Dupre abandons Mt. McKinley
|Dupre calls off his quest.|
His reward: another snow cave.
When the Grand Marais man woke up yesterday, he took a look at himself and his surroundings and said, more or less, screw this. His goal of climbing North America's highest peak in January will have to wait.
|This tiny snow cave at 14,000 feet looked like luxury compared to Dupre's shelter at 17,200 feet.|
It was 50 degrees below zero up there beneath the mountain's summit, with winds howling at 100 mph--he couldn't even get outside for a pee. There was 50 percent less oxygen in the air compared to sea level. He was even rattled around by a 5.4 magnitude earthquake.
|Dupre's "sled" is really a ladder that he drags, carrying his backpack.|
|Mt. McKinley has yet to be climbed in January.|
- Dupre backs off Mt. McKinley peak attempt
- Dupre launches attempt to climb Mt. McKinley
- Dupre is pinned down on Mt. McKinley by 100 mph winds