“It was like traveling inside a ping pong ball.” That’s the way Grand Marais adventurer Lonnie Dupre described the poor visibility and waist deep snow he experienced over the weekend on Denali. He was forced to use his GPS as he made his way from an 8,400 ft. camp to just shy of the 8,800 ft. mark.
Overall, because of these poor conditions it was a short day, about four hours of traveling.
On Sunday Lonnie spent the day at his current 8,800 ft. camp due to continued poor visibility and snow conditions.
The current low pressure is causing heavy snowfall on Denali while leaving his support team at a much lower elevation, with rain.
Lonnie’s been reporting temperatures on Denali at around zero degrees F, a 50-60 degree difference during his climb last year. He’s sleeping in one layer and conserving more energy usually used to keep warm.
As comforting as this sounds, it is the very thing he’s hoping to bring to attention through this expedition and documentary – One World Endeavors. “The earth’s frozen places are its thermostat,” he said, “regulating the planet’s temperature and providing a stable environment for every other part of our world.”