Cold halts Mount McKinley solo climb

Jan 27, 2013 -- 5:00pm


- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Extreme cold has thwarted a  climber's third attempt to become the first person to summit Mount McKinley solo in January. 51-year-old Lonnie Dupre told his support crew early Sunday that it was 35 below zero in a snow cave he had built at the 17,200-foot level of North America's tallest peak. His support crew says Dupre is making his way down and will proceed as the weather permits. Dupre - of grand Marais, Minn. - also failed in his winter attempts to summit McKinley last year and in 2011. Only two people have completed a McKinley summit in the dead of winter - December or January - but no one has done it alone.

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