Dean Potter dies in BASE jump

2:11 p.m. on May 18, 2015 (EDT)
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The details are lacking at this point. Dean Potter died in a BASE jump in Yosemite attempting a wing suit flight, along with his partner Graham Hunt. I have known Dean for many years, though I never climbed with him, and would never attempt many of the things he did, such as paragliding, BASE jumping, and free soloing. He received a lot of criticism for his climb of Delicate Arch in Arches National Park. On the other hand he pioneered many techniques now considered standard

5:34 p.m. on May 18, 2015 (EDT)
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It is always sad to lose a member of a small fraternity like BASE jumpers. I am going on a raft trip with a friend that has jumped all over the world. It is the nature of people in adrenaline sports to lose friends. I used to be serious about serious rafting. People die. It is a given.  Now I only do easier stuff.

6:06 p.m. on May 18, 2015 (EDT)
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Dean Potter was a game changer in everything he did.  Everyone dies though so the hope is that it is after a significant life. I'd say he fits that description.

12:40 a.m. on May 19, 2015 (EDT)
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Good words by Jeff. I am not trying to be dismissive.  Some younger people get enamored with a sport like BASE jumping and forget about some of the risks.  People need to be safety conscious all the time with those kind of sports. Ever vigilant. 

11:47 a.m. on May 19, 2015 (EDT)
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While I would never attempt any of the things he did, I sure did love watching him on TV. He was a very inspiring person and I hated to hear this news.

Any of you who haven't seen the Valley Uprising film should check it out if you have a chance. There are some great features on Dean and all of the famous Yosemite climbers. I wouldn't say that he and Honnold have a rivalry like Warren Harding and Royal Robbins, but I definitely think that they have a lot of similarities. I think of Honnold as more of the purist Royal Robbins type and Dean to be more of the wide open Warren Harding type.

Anyway, I sure will miss watching him and hearing about him. He was definitely one of the greats.

7:35 p.m. on June 12, 2015 (EDT)
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NYT times today had a good story on it and BASE jumping in NPs. Google Lost Brother in Yosemite 

Seems Dean's girlfriend heard it happen.  

3:42 p.m. on June 15, 2015 (EDT)
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I agree, WasAdamG. It was a really good write-up.

11:45 p.m. on June 16, 2015 (EDT)
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ppine said:

Good words by Jeff. I am not trying to be dismissive.  Some younger people get enamored with a sport like BASE jumping and forget about some of the risks.  People need to be safety conscious all the time with those kind of sports. Ever vigilant. 

 I quite agree with ppine. In any case, safety is a top priority.

11:20 p.m. on June 17, 2015 (EDT)
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I do agree with Ppine,people need to be safety conscious all the time with those kind of sports.Each person's life only have once, need to cherish it at anytime.

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