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Dupre ready for third solo attempt to summit Mount McKinley


Grand Marais adventurer Lonnie Dupre, 51, could begin his third attempt to be the first solo mountaineer to reach the summit of Mount McKinley in January as soon as this weekend, Park Rapids Enterprise reports.

Dupre's journey up North America’s highest mountain will also be part of a documentary called "Cold Love," KTUU-TV reports. He wants to bring attention to Alaska's vanishing glaciers and the importance of the Arctic climate.

Dupre fell short of Denali’s 20,320-foot peak in January 2012 and January 2011 because of severe weather conditions. He aborted his second attempt earlier this year after hurricane-force winds pinned him at 14,200 feet.

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Update: Lonnie Dupre reaches 14,200 feet on Mt. McKinley

Lonnie Dupre is about 6,000 feet away from his record attempt on Mount McKinley. The Duluth News Tribune reports the Grand Marais climber reached 14,200 feet late Saturday. He planned to rest on New Year's Day at a place called Windy Corner. Dupre wants to be the first solo person in January to reach the highest peak in North America, known as Denali. He made it to 17,200 feet on his first attempt last year.