Speaker Biographies and Program Descriptions
Lonnie currently lives in northeast Minnesota.
Some of his accomplishments:
- Dupre completed the first west to east, 3,000 mile winter crossing of Canada’s famed Northwest Passage by dog team.
- Achieved the first circumnavigation of Greenland, a 6,500 mile, all non-motorized journey by kayak and dog team.
- Lonnie has pulled sleds on skis from Canada to the North Pole twice achieving over 68 million impressions worldwide on issues surrounding climate change.
- Dupre accomplished the first solo winter ascent of Alaska’s Mount Denali (20,340ft.) in January.
Lonnie's website: lonniedupre.com
It will be the 20-year anniversary since Dupre and John Hoelscher completed the first and only circumnavigation of Greenland; a 6,500-mile journey all non-motorized by dog team and kayak.
In 2022 Lonnie re-visit polar Inuit friends and villages to find out how their culture has changed as a result of climate change and modernization over the last two decades. He met people that made it seem easy to live in a place, that appears totally inhospitable to us. By living after traditions that have been passed on for thousands of years, by dressing in furs and by forming a symbiosis with their sled dogs, they managed to live off the land and to be completely in tune with their environment of ice and snow. These people are not run by a clock. They do things when the time seems right. People are seen as equal. No person should be perceived as better than another.
Lonnie acquired his own dog team and traveled from village to village to connect with past friends and share stories.