During an arctic career spanning 20 years, Lonnie Dupre has traveled over 14,000 miles throughout the high arctic and polar regions by dog team, ski and kayak. His path has often followed in the footsteps of the Arctic explorers of the last century - Robert E. Peary, Roald Amundsen and Knud Rasmussen. Like them, Lonnie has lived and traveled with the Polar Inuit, learning from these hardy people and developing a deep appreciation for their culture and way of life.
Born in 1961 and raised on a Minnesota country farm, it was natural as a young boy to spend hours exploring every nook and cranny of the nearby woods and creeks. It may also have had something to do with family heritage - he is descended on his mother's side from Jacques Cartier, the French explorer and founder of Quebec. He also discovered in himself an affinity for Minnesota's cold winters, as he ice fished on nearby lakes at every opportunity. He came to prefer winter over summer.
Living in Minnesota, Lonnie wondered just how far "north" actually went. He began to look at maps and read everything he could about cold places and the people who lived there. Shortly out of high school, he loaded up his rundown pickup truck and left for Alaska on what was intended to be a three-week adventure. He wound up staying three years, making a living as a commercial salmon fisherman and carpenter. During that time, he and a companion flew into the remote reaches of the Brooks Range, planning to winter there. In the end, they had to snowshoe back to civilization with little more than the clothes on their backs. But by then, Lonnie was hooked on the Arctic.
"Peary-Henson Commemorative Expedition Team Achieves the North Pole Lonnie Dupre, Maxime Chaya, and Stuart Smith Celebrate at 90 Degrees North They endured -50 degree temperatures, howling winds, blizzards, the "Polar Treadmill" and dunks in icy water 6"
On Sunday April 19th Lonnie, Max and Stuart successfully crossed the 89th degree, their final degree before reaching the North Pole."
On April 6, 1909, explorers Robert E. Peary and Matthew A. Henson along with a team of Inuit became the first men to reach the North Pole."
After two weeks on the ice the Peary Centennial Team reports that they plan to reach the 84th parallel today."