Minn. climber abandons Mt. McKinley attempt

Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2011

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota climber is abandoning his attempt to reach the summit of Alaska’s Mount McKinley.

Lonnie Dupre of Grand Marais began his descent Tuesday after brutal weather stranded him at about 17,000 feet on the highest mountain in North America.

Dupre had hoped to gather strength at a lower elevation, but after spending a cold and “miserable” night at 14,200 feet, he decided to continue down the mountain.

KSTP-TV reports Dupre told his manager that spending days at an extreme altitude made him weaker than he expected.

Dupre is expected to make one more overnight camp before getting to 7,000 feet, where an aircraft can land.

Dupre was trying to become the first person to climb Mount McKinley alone in January.

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