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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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.