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High Winds Strand Minnesota Climber On Mt. McKinley

Explorer Lonnie Dupre and Mt. McKinley
Dupre: lonniedupre.com / Mt. McKinley: Getty Images

GRAND MARAIS  (AP) — Brutal weather conditions have hampered the efforts of a Minnesota man who’s trying to become the first solo climber to reach the summit of Alaska’s Mount McKinley in January.

Lonnie Dupre of Grand Marais is stuck at about 17,000 feet on the highest mountain in North America. He’s spent six nights in a tiny snow trench to escape the battering 100 mph winds.

Dupre is hoping for a break in the weather Tuesday or Wednesday and plans to descend to his camp at about 14,000 feet to regroup.

Dupre is also dealing with a 5.4 magnitude earthquake that may have changed the mountain’s landscape. McKinley’s peak is 20,320 feet.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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