The Man Who Can Fly- Dean Potter


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My twin brother's laundry room
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 6, 2012 - 12:41pm PT
Yosemite Valley climber, Dean Potter just finished a film with National Geographic. He slack lines, base jumps, and freesolos the upper section of the Freerider (from the Knights of the Round Table to the Summit)for the show. It's airing soon- I think. Cool trailer. Check it out.

Here's a short- making of. Mikey Schaefer and Dave Turner are in it!

Feb 6, 2012 - 12:58pm PT
It's airing soon- I think.

Sunday, Feb 12.


Trad climber
Feb 6, 2012 - 01:09pm PT
The term wow, or any other term for that matter doesn't quite work... maybe a lot of strong expletives...


My twin brother's laundry room
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 6, 2012 - 01:12pm PT
Mikey also snapped this amazing picture of Dean slacklining Cathedral Peak.

Big Wall climber
Feb 6, 2012 - 01:12pm PT
Awsome Stuff!!!

Monkeys are Sending

Trad climber
Feb 6, 2012 - 01:16pm PT
Freerider? Holy shit!

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Feb 6, 2012 - 01:18pm PT
I concur with Gene.....YIKES!!!

An Oil Field
Feb 6, 2012 - 01:38pm PT
Is that the story "Aerialist" that he was working on? He was telling me about working on the story a couple of years ago. Stoked to see that it got done.

Dean is a big inspiration to me. His attitude is very "spiritual."

I hope the film lets that shine through. That is what makes Dean so special in my mind. He is doing his own thing, on his terms, according to his philosophy.

I found him to be one of the most interesting climbers or jumpers that I have ever talked with, albeit a long string of emails.

Trust me. I have known the full spectrum of personalities in those sports. He really stands out from the rest. Not by ability, although that is strong. It is his philosophy. Buddha unaware or something. No sh#t.


Feb 6, 2012 - 01:44pm PT
It would have been so cool if Dean had his dog on his back while soloing up the wall too ......

Feb 6, 2012 - 01:49pm PT
linguini master. lol.

Trad climber
Placerville, California
Feb 6, 2012 - 02:13pm PT
extra-ordinary as defined by a society
can clash with our inter-personal understanding of ordinary.

strung out on love's sting,
we flee pillows every morning;

walk thru the mundane,
and establish ex-realities
as we passionately liason with lofty dreams.

Feb 6, 2012 - 04:49pm PT
Holy crap. Aren't some of the cruxes slab??

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Feb 6, 2012 - 05:20pm PT
Fantastic-can't wait to watch-was wondering what DP had been up to. He is just way out there. I'm glad he does what he does on his own terms and own way (as Base stated earlier). Not many who do... and it would be very hard to be the videographers... what a stressful situation...

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Feb 6, 2012 - 05:56pm PT

Trad climber
Feb 6, 2012 - 06:06pm PT
correct link to the trailer:

Yosemite Valley National Park
Feb 6, 2012 - 06:09pm PT
Now he just needs to fire the lower pitches free and we will have the FA Free Solo of FreeRider.
What's amazing is how detached he is living in the pure moment. Bullshit'n with with the camera crew and asking them to move 2000 feet up hanging on a traverse.....

WTF over.

Giddy up.

Social climber
Feb 6, 2012 - 06:29pm PT
How far is this going to go until we get to sit back, hand in a bag of chips and watch somebody splat on our huge plasma screens? As bold and absolutely amazing these feats are, I feel like the "progression" is pushing these people into death. We'll, I guess I don't have to watch them.

Boulder climber
Feb 6, 2012 - 08:01pm PT
Now he just needs to fire the lower pitches free and we will have the FA Free Solo of FreeRider.

bheller (from MPdotCOM) ...

The Huber variation boulder problem did experience some breakage... a large breadloaf like sloper broke off. It is probably solid v7 now. It can still be done, its just it may require a very commiting dyno and not offer a clipping stance before you soar. The Teflon corner is a water polished dihedral that requires crazy palm stemming and body english. Don't be afraid of it- once I chalked my palms REALLY well, I freed it right off... I did feel like I was going to fall the whole time though. I remember a lot of backstepping and dropkneeing in the smears.
Didn't Honnold already go over the route with a 'fine tooth comb' to try the solo, and decided against it? If so, I doubt Dean or anyone is looking at it as a candidate for first freesolo of ElCap.

Feb 8, 2012 - 08:41pm PT
To the top!

Trad climber
el portal
Feb 8, 2012 - 10:16pm PT

Dave T, "He just did it without a rope. Did you hear me the first time? He just did it without a rope"

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