Polar explorer and new mountaineer Lonnie Dupre was attempting to pull off a first for the darkest and possibly hardest month of the year on Denali (20,320 ft./6,194 m.). Only two alpinists have ever stood on Denali’s summit in the month of January (if my memory serves correctly). Still, no one has done it alone during that month and Dupre could not change that.
At least not this time.
Based on his previous accomplishments and what he endured to attain 17,200 ft. (5,243 m.), including several days in snow caves, high winds and even an earthquake, Dupre probably has it in him to try again.
Even if he does not return, he tried and so far he is nearly back down (if he is not down already) to his base camp alive and in one piece.