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Explorer, mountaineer Lonnie Dupre to give multimedia presentation highlighting arctic expeditions

| Linda Tollefsrud and Diane Walkoff

Photo caption: This image is from "Cold Love," a film about Lonnie Dupre's arctic adventures.

Lonnie Dupre

Lonnie Dupre

Learn about the adventure of polar travel during a dynamic multimedia presentation by explorer and mountaineer Lonnie Dupre.

The presentation, titled “Life on Ice: Arctic Expeditions,” will be the final event of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire – Barron County's “Thursdays at the U” fall series. It will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Room 234, Ritzinger Hall) on the Rice Lake campus.

Dupre will highlight the challenges of climbing Denali (formerly Mount McKinley), North America’s highest peak, solo and in winter, and also touch on expeditions around Greenland and the North Pole. He will share his impressions of life on the trail, with special emphasis on setting and achieving goals, teamwork, overcoming obstacles and climate change. Breathtaking images, along with video, arctic gear and a variety of other props will complement the presentation.

Dupre, who lives in Grand Marais, Minnesota, has covered more than 15,000 miles of arctic travel by dogsled, ski and kayak. While using non motorized means of travel, he has led several major expeditions, including the Russian Far East, the first west to east winter crossing of Canada’s Northwest Passage, the first and only circumnavigation of Greenland’s 6,500-mile coastline and two North Pole expeditions. 

Please note: At all UW-Eau Claire campuses, everyone, including presenters, are required to masks indoors.

The “Thursdays at the U” weekly series is free and open to the public thanks to support from the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County Foundation.

For more information about the series, contact Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, professor emeritus of psychology, UW Colleges, at