Climbing legend Dean Potter dies in Yosemite BASE jumping accident

Climbing legend Dean Potter dies in Yosemite BASE jumping accident

Dean Potter was one of two Base jumpers, who have died in Yosemite National Park while attempting an aerial descent from Taft Point.

Dean Potter was one of two Base jumpers, who have died in Yosemite National Park while attempting an aerial descent from Taft Point.

The bodies of 43-year-old Potter and 29-year-old Graham Hunt were located during a helicopter search around Sunday noon after their friends had reported about missing late Saturday. No parachutes had been deployed. A spokesman for the park, Scott Gediman, said the two had jumped from Taft Point into a descent Yosemite Valley that has roughly 3,500 feet. The men were attempting to fly through a gap between two notches but smashed into a rocky outcropping.

Yosemite Climbing Association President Ken Yager said they all were heavily grieving, since Potter has always been really respected by climbers of all generations.

Dean Potter Highlining Yosemite Falls, California

Dean Potter Highlining Yosemite Falls, California

Yosemite Chief of Staff Mike Gauthier added

Dean is forever in the pantheon of climbing legends in Yosemite Valley and he always will be.
Yosemite is full of legends, and there will be more, but for the climbing and adventure sport community these two names stood as pillars

Dean Potter, the man who can fly

Dean Potter, the man who can fly

The record for the  longest wingsuit flight, covering nearly four miles of ground in 2 minutes, 50 seconds, was held by Potter after his jump from the Eiger in Switzerland. He was also the first, who scaled Yosemite’s three most famous big walls, Half Dome, Mt. Watkins, and El Capitan in a single day.

Legendary rock climber and BASE jumper Dean potter mounts an expedition to free climb the massive peaks of Canada's Mr. Butte

Legendary rock climber and BASE jumper Dean potter mounts an expedition to free climb the massive peaks of Canada’s Mr. Butte

Potter was known for his bold, speedy and sometimes rogue climbs. This month he made the fastest climb on one of Yosemite’s iconic monoliths, the Half Dome, using a combination of trail running and free-soloing, or climbing without a rope.

I started free-soloing harder and harder routes, kind of proving to myself that I could take control of this, pretty much the biggest fear I had – falling to my death.
Everybody kind of fantasizes about flying and it’s an amazing place in history right now that man actually has the ability to pull it off

– Dean Potter once said.

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