First Winter Ascent of Canada’s Sixth Highest Peak

By Meredith Reitemeier | March 14th, 2019

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.

 

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“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.

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The team called in to report a successful summit of Mt. Wood at 3:10 pm yesterday. Lonnie Dupre and Pascale Marceau are now the first people to have summited this peak in winter. Pascale is the first woman to ever make an ascent of a high subarctic peak in winter. . "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," said Marceau. . Despite the odds, the brutal winds, heavily crevassed ice fields and extreme cold, the team spent 13 hours making their way to Mt. Wood’s summit of 4,850 meters (15,912 feet). . “The weather is bad and the descent that we have ahead of us now is the most technical part of the climb,” Dupre reported from 11,000 feet. . Stay tuned for more updates as the team descends and reports in with more audio and images from the expedition. . Special thanks to #AFrigidFirst lead sponsor @primaloft

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“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!

 

 


 

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