What do you do if you find an injured solo climber halfway up a 1,600-foot face? In the 1930s, the only option was a high-elevation piggyback ride.
10 miles, 5,000 feet of vert including a romp up Longs Peak's Casual Route in just 3:26. What did you do before lunch?
On September 5, 2020, Annie Weinmann took a 200-foot fall while soloing the North Chimney (5.4) on the Diamond, Longs Peak, in order to reach the start of D7. Here, she presents the details of the accident and dissects the series of decisions and events leading up to it.
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The team completed the roundtrip in 3 hours, 53 minutes, and 59 seconds, beating Dean Potter’s previous FKT by 5 minutes.
After leaving work at midnight, two climbers embarked on a manpowered mission—80 miles of biking, 14 miles of hiking, and 1,700 feet of climbing—and got back in time to work the next shift. Well, almost in time.