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Social climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 11, 2010 - 02:18am PT
You want FACTS?

Dean Potter is the man. Incredibly inspirational, forward thinking, CONSTANTLY pushing the limits of whats possible - you gotta give it up for this guy!

There are those out there (jackasses, etc) who seem to follow his threads with much negativity, but that is founded more in their simple ways of thinking. People always praise what a cool dude he is (met him in Yo Valley once, talked to a nobody like me like i was cool or something!), everything I've seen of the guy tells me he is a great asset to our community.

Post up good Potter stories - his article in Alpinist was one of my favorite, and my first trips to Yosemite were partially inspired by Masters of Stone V. Woo hoo!

Here's a really interesting video documentary that really shows a realistic side of these super athletes. I was surprised to find out how non-celebrity and realistic life is for a guy with such an aura.... and he comes out really humble too. Also some good Bullwinkle footage!

anyway... saw something on another thread and thought it was time to give this man his props.

Ice climber
Dec 11, 2010 - 03:45am PT

Does D Potter pay you to start BS threads, GDavis?

Papillon Rendre

Dec 11, 2010 - 03:50am PT

Please seek some counseling.

Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Dec 11, 2010 - 09:36am PT
Davis, I agree. Dean is not only a really interesting climber and maybe a lot more innovative and imaginative than most top climbers, he is really damn bright also.

Troy, MT
Dec 11, 2010 - 09:44am PT
He's been nothing but nice to me.

Social climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 11, 2010 - 11:18am PT
no MTucker, I'm still getting paid for drilling your mom like BP :D

Cardiff by the sea
Dec 11, 2010 - 11:40am PT
I am with you greg I think potter is a badass and can appreciate his intensity for adventure.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 11, 2010 - 11:52am PT
Well, I'm not happy that he had the cheek to rename Acromaniac rather than just take credit for the FFA (albeit on a constructively scarred crack).

But I don't like the way Moabophiles have scapegoated him as an arch fiend, if you will.

Dean is a very talented climber with visionary drive, but if I was as tall as him I could put up unrepeatable aid routes! lol

Mountain climber
San Diego
Dec 11, 2010 - 12:05pm PT
Dean Potter is a ET hybrid.

He is part Man and part Angel.

He is Nephilim. Perhaps he is good Nephilim?

He is out of this world in ability, strength and shear guts.

He exists within another dimension that mere mortals can only dream about.

He has Superman like abilities.

Truly incredible and inspirational.

(You heard it here first. Lol)

Big Wall climber
Crestline CA
Dec 11, 2010 - 12:06pm PT
Yeah DP is one of a kind and way out in front of most of us in three different sports. Inspiration to me and many others. Mistakes? Sure, but don't we all make some from time to time? In his case the good out-weighs the bad by miles and miles and miles! Long may he run...

Trad climber
Dec 11, 2010 - 12:07pm PT
Dean who????

Alex Honold is the only guy I hear about these days.

Trad climber
Mt. Rubidoux
Dec 11, 2010 - 12:25pm PT
Like him or hate him, you have to appreciate Dean Potter's drive, vision, quest for adventure, and climbing ability. And he's a pretty nice guy.

ps. MTucker, you appear to have your Potters confused? Hope this helps.


Trad climber
Dec 11, 2010 - 12:30pm PT
Yeah, he is a pretty amazing guy from what I've seen.

Social climber
El Portal Ca.
Dec 11, 2010 - 12:55pm PT
For Tucker.

"It is better to receive than inflict an injury."

Dean is an extraordinary human being with a heart that sparkles like a diamond; I love him!


Big Wall climber
Dec 11, 2010 - 01:27pm PT
heather and i are big fans of dean. he is larger that life, one of the bravest souls i know, and our friend.
one time when i left my winnebago in el cap meadow for too long, range jack hoeflich was out to bust me, but dean, on his own initiative, found the hide a key, and moved my rig more that once to throw jack off track. how nice was that?
his season in patagonia when he soled cerro torre once, and fitzroy twice, and only roped up for one pitch, is remarkable. dean is the man, a cool dude, and a true sould searcher. shipoopoi

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Dec 11, 2010 - 04:40pm PT
I think he's great-pushing the sport to a new place, way ahead of his time. What he's doing now, most of us may catch up to many decades from now.
Bad Climber

Dec 11, 2010 - 04:53pm PT
Thanks for posting the link to the slack line video. Amazing. Potter is an inspiration. If he can solo those slack lines, what's stopping me from going for that next hold above a good bolt or a solid piece? I will never do climbs or other uber stunts like Potter, but we climbers all face the same internal struggles. We are united in overcoming our fears, uncertainty and weakness, whatever those may be.

I was especially touched by what Potter said at the end of the show about being happy each day regardless of the activity, the challenge. Finding a centered appreciation for existence is something everyone seems to struggle for, extreme sports junkie or not, but for people like Potter, I can see where finding happiness in the mundane would be tough slogging. I comes across and a genuine, thoughtful person, and I wish him only the best.


Dec 11, 2010 - 04:57pm PT
I'm with Greg Davis: mucho appreciated fer sure.

That's not to say anyone is saying anyone else is perfect, cause no one is......jus sayin' is all.

Trad climber
Long Beach, CA
Dec 11, 2010 - 05:16pm PT
For me, the "guys" have been:

Warren Harding
Royal Robbins
John Long
Ron Kauk
Lynn Hill
Dean Potter
Alex Honnold

Climbers are a smallworld clicky group... like a small town. An old saying about small towns is it is easy to makes friends and enemies... the friends come and go, but the enemies you keep forever. I feel sorry for professionals in small clicky activities... they generally take more grief from those scrutinizing their success than a professional in a mass appeal profession, and without even close to the same monetary compensation.

I appreciate Dean Potter.

That said I worry about Dean, Alex, and others. They get paid so little and it appears the only way for them to get paid at all is to do mind blowing free solos. Peter Croft said something to the affect, if you're free soloing for anyone other than yourself, then you've had a cruel joke played on you. I worry that Dean, Alex, and others have too much pressure on them to free solo.
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Dec 11, 2010 - 06:01pm PT
I have to Love Dean Potter for his vision, his spirit, and for approaching climbing in order to deeply explore himself.

Larger than life folks are always going to do something or be some way that rubs us the wrong way. I think, for the wild path that Dean Loves, his faults, like mine, are ones I can accept and forgive.

Don't be mistaken, what Dean does is part gift, part athlete, and part Magic


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