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polar explorer Lonnie Dupré shows audience members one of the ice axes he uses during his polar explorations, including his January trip up Denali in Alaska, which he will attempt again next January since he didn't reach the summit this year. Dupré spoke in the Historic Holmes Ballroom courtesy of the DL Library.

An Arctic visitor for Polar Fest

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Last month, polar explorer Lonnie Dupré attempted to climb Denali -- Mount McKinley in Alaska -- and be the first solo climber to accomplish that in January -- but harsh winds forced him back down the mountain before reaching the summit.

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