Photo: Kahiltna Glacier 2013, Dmitri von Klein/MONOVITA
On Sunday Lonnie spent the day at his current camp around 8800ft due to poor visibility and snow conditions. Filled mostly with anticipation to move onward, Lonnie passed the time with documenting via video, journal and listening to radio.
The current low pressure is causing heavy snowfall on Denali while leaving us, at a much lower elevation, with rain. An areal flood watch has been in effect from yesterday through Monday morning in Matanuska Valley, Susitna Valley, Prince William Sound and the Kenai Peninsula here in Alaska.
Lonnie’s been reporting temperatures on Denali at around zero degrees Fahrenheit, 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 Dupre is hoping to bring to attention through this expedition and documentary. The earth’s frozen places are its thermostat, regulating the planet’s temperature and providing a stable environment for every other part of our world.
“For as long as I can remember, I have loved snow and ice. As a result, I have spent most of my life exploring the Arctic region. These journeys have brought such joy and beauty to my life that I have dedicated myself to helping preserve these wonderful frozen places. More than ever before, I a driven to share my passion for the Arctic, a region whose health and stability have far-reaching consequences for us all.” -Lonnie Dupre
UPDATE: Received a phone update from Lonnie, it’s about three minutes long and some portions are distorted due to poor satellite signal.