Dupre tops Denali

Jan 12, 2015

Lonnie Dupre, on a previous winter summit attempt of Denali.
Credit Lonnie Dupre

ANCHORAGE – A Minnesota man made history when he reached North America’s tallest peak Sunday afternoon.

Lonnie Dupre, 53, is believed to have reached the Denali summit around 2 p.m., based on a beacon sent to his team from 20,000 feet. Dupre set out on his journey in mid-December in hopes of becoming the first man to climb the mountain alone in January.

According to Stevie Plummer, Dupre’s spokesperson, Dupre has attempted this endeavor four times.

“We’re just really happy that the weather stuck it out for him this year and allowed him to do that,” Plummer said. “It’s just so much time and patience, and just, persistence. And that’s what Lonnie had, so we’re just extremely happy for him.”

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