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Meet Arctic explorer at Split Rock Lighthouse

Lonnie Dupre of Grand Marais paused to take this selfie on an attempt to climb Alaska's Mount McKinley solo in 2014. The temperature was about 45 degrees below zero. Photo courtesy Lonnie Dupre

Meet and mingle with Arctic explorer Lonnie Dupre on Thursday, July 12, from 7-9 p.m. at Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors.

Dupre will share a multimedia presentation about his four attempts to climb Denali in the dead of winter, followed by a signing of his book, “Alone at the Top,” co-authored by Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter Pam Louwagie. Two of Lonnie's expedition sponsors, Voyageur Brewing and Granite Gear, will be on-site for a tasting and "show-and-tell."

Dupre, a Grand Marais resident, made a career out of working in teams to survive in extreme conditions and places most humans wouldn’t dare to tread. In 2010, looking for a new personal and professional challenge, Dupre decided he needed to summit Denali, the continent’s tallest peak — and he needed to do it alone and in the depths of the darkest, coldest conditions on the mountain.

Dupre was on his fourth attempt in five years in late December 2014 when a surprise storm caught him at 11,200 feet. Forced to live for almost five full days with little food and water, Dupre was in the most dangerous situation of his life.

“Alone at the Top” offers a mountaineer’s firsthand perspective during life-and-death decision-making on the mountain.

Dupre has spent most of his adult life traveling in the Arctic or planning his​ ​next trip there. His 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 scientific research and cultural exchanges,​ ​working with and gathering data for organizations such as the National Geographic Society,​ ​Greenpeace, the Explorers Club and the U.S. Department of Atmospheric Sciences.

Tickets are available for $25 at mnhs.org/event/6142.