Day 32: Arctic explorer covers 25 years of polar exploration in this story of high adventure

Each day leading up to the April 13 announcement of the Minnesota Book Awards, we highlight one of the thirty-two finalists. Today we feature 2013 Memoir & Creative Nonfiction finalist:

Life on Ice: 25 Years of Arctic Exploration by Lonnie Dupre
Published by Keen Editions
Category Sponsor: Leonard, Street and Deinard

Life on Ice: 25 Years of Arctic Exploration by Lonnie Dupre
In the decades of Arctic travel represented in Life on Ice, Dupre reveals the secret of survival in a world with quickly shifting weather patterns: respecting nature in all its elements, and living in sync with the world we inhabit. Both a captivating chronicle of Arctic life and an intimate account of climate change, the driving force behind Life on Ice is the same as the impetus for Dupre’s expeditions: the desire to make a difference in the world.

Excerpt from Life on Ice:

The day it hit -58°F was so still we could hear a spruce grouse eat a cone across the lake. Ice an inch thick formed around the edges of the door and from floor to ceiling in the cabin’s corners. We had planned to stay in the camp until the end of February but decided to pack it in on January 4. I was getting worried because we’d lost too much weight and weren’t having much luck with our hunting. We also knew it was quite possible our pilot might not come for us at all. We buttoned up the cabin and took only the bare essentials – matches, two cans of Sterno, a can of bacon and two cans of fruit cocktail – for a forced march in thigh-deep snow to Allakaket, which we estimated was 32 miles away.

Lonnie-Dupre-photo-by Elizabeth-Clark

The author is one of the world’s leading Arctic explorers and lives in Grand Marais, MN. During his travels over the Arctic’s disappearing ice, Dupre has participated in both scientific research and cultural exchanges, working with and gathering data for organizations such as the National Geographic Society, Greenpeace, the Explorers Club, the National Snow and Ice Data Center and the U.S. Department of Atmospheric Sciences. His findings have been called “the Holy Grail of global warming data.”


Lonnie Dupre and Ann Bancroft on polar exploration, MPR News, October 5, 2012


Lonnie Dupre reads from his book Life on Ice: 25 Years of Arctic Exploration at Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Minneapolis, February 2012


“The timeliness and importance of the topic makes this a must-read for anyone who cares about climate change.” − Minnesota Book Awards Judge

“A great read, not to be missed. Stories such as his wild dogsled ride through the stadium to open the Olympics in Lillehammer in 1994 and his epic first by circumnavigating Greenland by dogsled and kayak will keep readers totally captivated. Dupre’s bold and imaginative expeditions take the reader through some of the most beautiful and exotic places on earth… all the wonderful photos helped put me in those same places.” − Buck Benson, WTIP Public Radio

Award winners will be announced at the 25th Annual Minnesota Book Awards Gala on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the Hilton Minneapolis. An author meet-and-greet and book signing reception precedes the awards ceremony, and the Epilogue after-party, sponsored by Tech Logic, includes complimentary champagne, desserts, and live music. Tickets on sale now. Click here for more information.

Have you read Life on Ice? What are your thoughts? We welcome your comments!

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One comment on “Day 32: Arctic explorer covers 25 years of polar exploration in this story of high adventure
  1. leana says:

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