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Lonnie Dupre of Grand Marais took this self-portrait at about 10,000 feet on Mount McKinley on Jan. 11. Severe cold and wind has forced Dupre to remain at his current location, 17,200 feet, for the past six days in his quest for an unprecedented solo January climb of McKinley.

Punishing weather halts Grand Marais climber

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Grand Marais climber Lonnie Dupre has decided to postpone an attempt to reach the summit of Alaska's Mount McKinley and will instead drop back to a lower camp if weather conditions allow it.

Dupre has been pinned down for six days at 17,200 feet in his bid to become the first solo climber to summit the 20,320-foot peak in January. A low-pressure system with winds of 100 mph has prevented him from leaving the cramped snow trench he dug when he arrived at the spot last week.

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