Alone at the Top: Climbing Denali in the Dead of Winter


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Minnesota Historical Society Press
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5.4 X 8.4 X 0.6 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Lonnie Dupre has spent most of his adult life either traveling in the Arctic or planning his next trip there. Dupre's significant achievements include the world's first circumnavigation of Greenland and a summer expedition to the North Pole. During his travels over the Arctic's disappearing ice, Dupre has participated in both scientific research and cultural exchanges, working with and gathering data for organizations such as the National Geographic Society, Greenpeace, the Explorers Club, the National Snow and Ice Data Center, and the U.S. Department of Atmospheric Sciences. His findings have been called "the Holy Grail of global warming data." Dupre lives on the shores of Lake Superior in Grand Marais, Minnesota.
Pam Louwagie is an award-winning reporter at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. She has covered breaking news, trends, investigations, and in-depth features for more than 20 years, including at the Times-Picayune in New Orleans and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Louwagie is an avid runner, backpacker, and hiker. She has trekked in remote places including under the jagged peaks of the Nepal Himalaya and among the giant tortoises of the Galapagos Islands. Louwagie lives in Minneapolis.


"Among the small subset of climbers who have survived Denali in winter, Lonnie Dupre is the exemplar of tenacity. It's not just that he soloed North America's highest and coldest alp in January at age fifty-three, but as described in this inspirational book, he came back repeatedly, four winters in a row, failure after failure, until he finally summited." Jon Waterman, author of In the Shadow of Denali and High Alaska
"Lonnie's vivid account inAlone at the Top threw me back to my ascent of North America's magnificent giant. . . . This powerful story brings the reader along on each labored step and racing thought. Determined and tenacious, yet willing to learn and adjust well-laid plans--Lonnie offers lessons for us all." Ann Bancroft, first woman to reach both the North and South Poles, and author of No Horizon Is So Far
"Alone at the Top speaks to Lonnie Dupre's persistence and lifelong commitment to expeditions and adventure. I was very relieved when Lonnie completed his epic climb of Denali." Will Steger, arctic explorer and author of North to the Pole
"Alone at the Top is an amazing account by a man driven by determination and grit to make a solo ascent of Denali in winter. After three failed attempts, Lonnie Dupre finally reached his goal by standing on the summit of North America's highest peak on January 11, 2015, illuminated by the feeble afternoon winter sun. One can learn many great lessons from Dupre about setting a goal, never giving up, and knowing that being uncomfortable is the price you pay for the sake of success." Ed Viesturs, author of No Shortcuts to the Top