The Man Who Can Fly- Dean Potter

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RoryKuykendall

Mountain climber
California
Mar 4, 2012 - 05:38pm PT
Thanks for posting the link. That was a pleasure to watch. Dean Potter is brilliant, but I thought the real star of the show was Mount Bute. What an absolutely stunning mountain.
Truthdweller

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Mar 4, 2012 - 08:34pm PT
Finally, heck I've been trying to find that since it aired.

Beautiful Dean.
Truthdweller

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Mar 5, 2012 - 12:21pm PT
Whoa, didn't catch it before, but Dean slips a bit on "wet rock"? at 10:53. Even more incredible is that a bit more than a minute was edited off of Dean's flight.
QITNL

climber
Jan 17, 2013 - 12:33am PT
My mom just sent me this link, she saw it at NPR:

http://vimeo.com/56298775

Moonwalk - The ultimate full moon shot. Dean Potter walks a highline at Cathedral Peak as the sun sets and the moon rises. Shot from over 1 mile away with a Canon 800mm and 2X by Mikey Schaefer.

10b4me posted it earlier but I don't think anybody noticed. Mom says "Please don't try it." Drats - oh well, at least I got my excuse.
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Jan 17, 2013 - 12:41am PT
wow, that was really something special!
The Wedge

Boulder climber
Santa Rosa & Bishop, CA
Jan 17, 2013 - 01:37am PT
All pretty rad!
orangesporanges

Social climber
Jan 17, 2013 - 01:43am PT
Amazballs
BASE104

Social climber
An Oil Field
Jan 17, 2013 - 09:15am PT
Dean is the man. I have asked about him when I meet someone who knows him and they all say that he is super kind.

His type of flying is a little different from the proxy flyers. Dean tries for distance and time. Proxy flyers are into buzzing things on the ground or along a wall.

The problem is that after endless searching on the internet, there just aren't many walls with enough relief to approach his Eiger jump, which was the tallest BASE jump.

In the U.S. we have a few walls with good relief, but nothing like the Eiger. The Eiger is massive, and beneath it is a long slope leading away for miles. Now even higher walls above sea level have been done, but I'm not sure if anyone has broken his Eiger record for longest flight. The one in the NG show is close.

The suit technology is improving rapidly. What was hot sh#t 5 years ago is now second hand.

Regarding the diving board, it was the only way to do this wall. Europe has many jumps that have artificial diving boards to make them possible, and in his case it was totally removed when finished. I heard that the rigging was pretty wild.

Funny that his dog's name is "Whisper." When out checking out sailboats I bet that Whisper was the most common boat name. Definitely not the most common dog name.
skywalker

climber
Jan 17, 2013 - 01:10pm PT
Now I know base jumping El Cap is illegal. If he fell would that be illegal? Just sayin'. Badass!

S...
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jan 17, 2013 - 01:19pm PT
In the U.S. we have a few walls with good relief, but nothing like the Eiger. The Eiger is massive, and beneath it is a long slope leading away for miles. Now even higher walls above sea level have been done, but I'm not sure if anyone has broken his Eiger record for longest flight. The one in the NG show is close.


Just as a matter of interest, the original intent of the Butte Mountain jump was to fly right to tide water. thats about 10 km (?) horizontal for a 9000 foot drop. I don't have a clue as to how feasible such a thing is but I only know this as I know a number of the people involved. Obviously things evolved differently, such as the need for the diving board.

Anyway I thought that original concept was totally out of sight. I think the plan was to land in Chucks front yard or something.

Where do they land in Grindlewald? That must be a similar drop / horizontal ratio.

The Butte jump was about a 6000' drop into "Chucks Meadow" which is actually a swamp right at the base of the mountain, perhaps the equivalent of landing at Alpigen which is half way up the Cog railway. Tide water is another el cap lower than the swamp and a lot of horizontal to get there.
Al_Smith

climber
San Francisco, CA
Jan 17, 2013 - 01:51pm PT
Almost completely irrelevant, but for what it's worth, I've met and talked with Dean at length on numerous occasions in the Valley and elsewhere and he's one of the nicest dudes around. (...Even to slightly overweight, mediocre climbers like me!)

"Great visionaries have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds" - Einstein
orangesporanges

Social climber
Jan 17, 2013 - 03:30pm PT
^Amazballs adventurer.

And then, I heard of how one of the most super nice guys I have met (a relatively pint-sized Alpinist and collegiate boxing champion from Estes) was provoked enough to near-go the knuckle with him once.
Relic

Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Jan 27, 2013 - 03:46am PT
Can't believe I missed this one. I've been waiting to see this since summer of '11 when the crew was in Squamish filming it. I was most excited to see my buddy Jim Martinello climbing Mt. Butte and Damien Kelly too. Way to go boys!

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/videos/the-man-who-can-fly/
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Jan 27, 2013 - 04:04pm PT
Ya me too! Ryan's link is gone. Too cool tho, saw a clip at reel rock awhile ago for it but have not yet seen the full production.

As to when we will see someone die, answer is you don't. You just hear about it after and cry.

RIP Shayne.
T H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
Apr 6, 2014 - 02:53am PT
Looks like you now can only buy to view on Amazon (2 bucks).
The segment of soloing the upper part of Freerider has been cleansed from the internet otherwise.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Apr 6, 2014 - 03:39am PT
The man who dares not do it, should not interrupt the man doing it.

Did Dean Potter step on a few sore toes when he soloed the Compressor route on Cerro Torre in 11 hours?

To what extent did this motivate the forces behind the later chopping actions? I'm not primarily talking about the choppers.

Well, looking back at older threads I can also see there's some very real environmental and self-promotional concerns...

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=192082&msg=192082#msg192082

"For the past four years or so, I've been going up there kind of obsessively and looking at it in every possible light," Potter told the Salt Lake Tribune on Tuesday. "I had to do it in the morning, since the lighting is better--my sponsor's logos didn't turn out good last tim--I mean," said Potter, interrupting himself, "I mean, my celebration of nature through slack-lining just naturally led to this when a raven flew overhead and told me that me, and only me, could celebrate my oneness with Delicate Arch."

If the quote is right...
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Jun 10, 2014 - 02:19pm PT
Bump
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Jun 10, 2014 - 07:55pm PT
Credit: Somebody BASE jumping with Dean

BASE jumping with your dog strapped to your back?

Seriously, Dean?
Tfish

Trad climber
La Crescenta, CA
Jun 10, 2014 - 09:42pm PT
That sh#t is rad. He is so good to whisper. I met him at the buttermilks like 2 years ago and he gave me some advice for my dog. She was a brat and would always run off, but he told me to let her free and trust her and she'll come back, she just needs to explore. So I let her off the leash and she ran off but kept coming back every 5 mins to check in. It was so cool, I'm so stoked to have had that experience with Dean and to meet Whisper.
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Jun 10, 2014 - 09:44pm PT
Seriously?
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