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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Cold halts Minn. man's, Dupre, Mt. McKinley solo climb

  • His support crew says Dupre is making his way down and will proceed as the weather permits.
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  •  Extreme cold has thwarted a Minnesota climber's third attempt to become the first person to summit Alaska's Mount McKinley solo in the dead of winter.
    The Anchorage Daily News ( http://is.gd/liWrCn ) says 51-year-old Lonnie Dupre told his support crew early Sunday that it was 35 below zero in a snow cave he had built at the 17,200-foot level of the 20,320-foot mountain, North America's tallest peak.
    His support crew says Dupre is making his way down and will proceed as the weather permits.
    Dupre — of Grand Marais (mur-RAY'), Minn. — also failed in his winter attempts to summit McKinley last year and in 2011.
    Only two people have completed a McKinley summit in the dead of winter — December or January — but no one has done it alone.

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