Kudos to Dean Potter

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

Potter slack-lining off Taft Point

Remember that name from past blogs?  He’s the Yosemite big wall climber who lives on the edge. He’s gone up El Cap AND Half Dome in a single day. Both of them. Yikes.  National Geographic just picked him as one of the 10 Adventurers of the Year. He is also a favorite on YouTube for his wingsuit  flight off the Eiger in Switzerland in August. He “flew” like Batman for 2 minutes and 50 seconds. He covered about 9,000 vertical feet and soared for4 miles. If you keep track, that makes him the longest BASE jump ever. He’s 37 and let’s hope his machismo doesn’t get the best of him. He’s not too far from Ker-splat. Read the current Adventure Magazine to learn more and see him on the National Geographic show “First Ascent.”


Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Aye, Calypso, the places you’ve been to, the things that you’ve shown us, the stories you tell. Aye, Calypso, I sing to your spirit, the men who have served you. So long and so well.” – John Denver
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com


One Response to “Kudos to Dean Potter”

  1. Dean Says:

    There was a documentary on TV over here recently about Dean Potter and his attempt at slack-lining across a couple of ledges on El Cap.

    He wasn’t able to complete the El Cap line but the program ended up with him completing the Taft Point traverse. Quite incredible, as was footage of his previous Lost Arrow Spire crossing.

    He did hint that it might be time for him to calm down a bit.

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