After thirteen hours of extreme weather, Lonnie Dupre of Grand Marais, Minnesota and his climbing partner Pascale Marceau of Alberta made the first winter ascent of Mt. Wood, Canada’s sixth highest mountain at 15,912 feet, on Monday, March 11.
With this feat, Marceau is also the first woman to summit a subarctic peak in the winter. The team can also claim the first ascent of Jeanette Peak (10,135 ft) in British Columbia, which they summited last April with Vern Stice.
“The beauty of such firsts lies in their unknowns. There is no standard route. There are no prescribed landing zones and the condition of the glaciers is always changing,” wrote Marceau in a blog post on Dupre’s website.
“The weather is not great and the descent that we have ahead of us now is the most technical part of the climb,” Dupre reported on their descent.
We look forward to seeing these two back on the ground and to hearing their complete tale of this incredible accomplishment!