Lonnie Dupre from Grand Marais, Minnesota is a Rolex Award winner and an artic explorer determined to preserve the far North’s fragile ecosystem. In his new book “Life on Ice: 25 Years of Artic Exploration” Mr. Dupre shares life and death stories from his years of trekking across the polar regions of the globe. Tales in the book range from an icy swim off a snowmobile after breaking through lake ice to the circumnavigation of Greenland.
In a recent blog entry I referenced Mr. Dupre’s attempts to be the first person to solo ascend Mt. Denali in the dead of winter. Lonnie attempted to reach the summit of Denali during January of 2011 and in a second expedition in January of 2012. The 2011 attempt was thwarted at the 17,200-foot level by high winds and extremely dangerous weather. The 2012 trek was turned back at 14,200 feet after spending seven days in a snow cave hiding from winds that reached upwards of 97 miles per hour.
On March 17th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Lonnie Dupre will be at the Duluth Pack store in Canal Park to sign his new book. Please join us in the store for what assures to be a wonderful opportunity to meet one of the great explorers of our time. And I bet he may even be convinced to share a polar story or two from “Life on Ice.”
About the Rolex Awards • Established in 1976, and given every two years since, the inaugural Rolex Awards commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Oyster Chronometer, the world’s first waterproof watch. The awards were created to support pioneers whose innovative work contributes to the betterment of mankind, and encourage individuals to take on major challenges to improve life on our planet.