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Lonnie Dupre giving up Denali quest 'now that I'm qualified to join AARP'

The Grand Marais adventure who has tried twice to become the first person to reach Denali's peak alone in January tells the Duluth News Tribune in an interview that he might stick to dogsledding from here on out.
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The Grand Marais adventure who has tried twice to become the first person to reach Denali's peak alone in January tells the Duluth News Tribune in an interview that he might stick to dogsledding from here on out.

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Two-day climb stands between Dupre and summit of Denali

Grand Marais adventurer Lonnie Dupre is waiting out strong winds and minus-50 temperatures before beginning the end of his climb. The Duluth News Tribune says he's about two days from the summit. If he makes it, he'll be the first person in history to reach the summit alone in January.

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.

Lonnie Dupre suffers minor frostbite on fingers on Denali

The Grand Marais adventurer temporarily lost a glove and got frostbite on six fingers while moving supplies on Alaska's Mount McKinley. His support team says he has had similar injuries before and knows how to prevent it from getting worse. The wind chill on Denali is reportedly dipping to 60 below these days.

Low visibility hampers Grand Marais climber on Denali

Lonnie Dupre hopes to continue his climb Wednesday if he can see at least 100 feet in front of him. The adventurer is trying to become the first person to climb North America's tallest mountain -- alone -- in January. He tried last year but had to stop at 17,200 feet because of the bad weather.

Update: Lonnie Dupre reaches 11,200 feet on Mt. McKinley

Grand Marais climber Lonnie Dupre continues his journey up Mt. McKinley. He is up to 11,200 feet after spending two days huddled in a snow cave because of poor visibility. Dupre is trying to be the first solo person to climb North America's tallest mountain in January. He attempted the same record climb last year, but bad weather forced him to turn around.