The Man Who Can Fly- Dean Potter

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S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Feb 13, 2012 - 06:44pm PT
I was superpsyched to see Wayne Crill on the show!
Glad to see he is still pushing the limits.
Hank, do you see Wayne very often?
Rob Roy Ramey

Trad climber
Colorado
Feb 13, 2012 - 06:46pm PT
Fortune favors the bold player.
big ears

Trad climber
?
Feb 13, 2012 - 06:54pm PT
If they made the raw footage of the crew rigging that platform available, I would love to watch every minute of it
go-B

climber
Habakkuk 3:19 Sozo
Feb 13, 2012 - 07:05pm PT
Mind blowing!
Walking the plank!
When he put the stick / tree branch under the slackline creeped me out the most because they can split or shift, which could give an unexpected movement of the line!
Well done, Dean!
Truthdweller

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Feb 13, 2012 - 07:41pm PT
http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/national-geographic-channel/extras/explorer-2/ngc-the-final-jump/
DrThrill

Trad climber
Altered State
Feb 13, 2012 - 09:18pm PT
The ramp might have been some sort of travesty, but at least we left no bolts whatsoever, holes yes... Putting the ramp in place was one of the most gripping bits of rigging I have ever been involved in, truly a 400 lb 40' long aluminum razor blade. Matt M. is an impressive rigger and person! Good Times!!
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Feb 13, 2012 - 09:50pm PT
Did everyone have to haul up a piece of that ramp?
My palms were sweating just watching that.
BASE104

climber
An Oil Field
Feb 13, 2012 - 09:52pm PT
I dug it. The ramp idea is not new at all. There are lots of them in place at base sites in Europe. They didn't leave this one.

I gotta meet Dean in person some day. I have emailed back and forth with him and he seems like a pretty down to earth guy.

He fer sure isn't cashing in. He is living the life, and if he can get National Geo to pay for a helicopter, great.

The mountain will be no worse for wear. As for the base jump itself, the jumper comes and goes in a few minutes. Even El Cap is like that, but for some odd reason, the United States has made it a mission to put a rule on everything. The biggest rule is that you do not have permission to risk your own life.

If climbing had started ten years ago in the valley, it would have been banned in 1 year.

Still the BASE jumpers come and go, talking of Michaelangelo..

Climbers have pounded and drilled nigh every damn flake on El Cap by now.
enzolino

climber
Galgenen, Switzerland
Feb 14, 2012 - 02:37pm PT
Dean Potter is incredible ... I have no words about what he does ...

I don't understand from the last video ... did he jump without parachute?

I got it ... the goal was to break his own record ...
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Feb 14, 2012 - 02:47pm PT
I don't understand from the last video ... did he jump without parachute?

Yes. His hands are that big.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Feb 14, 2012 - 02:53pm PT
I've never been a big fan of Dean's but I certainly have to give him props for soloing those last pitches of Freerider. I haven't been on those pitches but I can't imagine that they are all safe, secure and cozy!
Truthdweller

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Feb 14, 2012 - 03:53pm PT
Okay, I fell asleep with my little one in bed before Nightline aired...did it show again, anyone? Someone please tell me if Potter broke the 2:50 mark, and what his time was either way.
Truthdweller

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Feb 14, 2012 - 03:58pm PT
Kurt Ettinger

Trad climber
Martinez, CA
Feb 14, 2012 - 04:03pm PT
My TV programing search says its on National Geo Channel early Sunday morning 6/7am. I set the DVR to record. Looking forward to seeing it!
Truthdweller

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Feb 14, 2012 - 04:04pm PT
Kurt, are you PST, CST, or EST?
Kurt Ettinger

Trad climber
Martinez, CA
Feb 14, 2012 - 04:05pm PT
Pacific
eagle

Trad climber
new paltz, ny
Feb 14, 2012 - 07:10pm PT
it's only a matter of time before this clown bites it. go get a job dean and better society
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Feb 14, 2012 - 07:34pm PT
I fell asleep straight away.
go-B

climber
Habakkuk 3:19 Sozo
Feb 14, 2012 - 10:06pm PT
Nothing like a bridge to nowhere (sighs), you can see Alaska from up there!

What a great climb you guy's did on Mt. Bute, how many pitches was it?
deuce4

climber
Hobart, Australia
Feb 14, 2012 - 10:17pm PT
Phenomenal! Fidelman really pegs it in his comment about a person not trying to prove anything, but to self-introduce (Fidelman's always been quite a philosopher). There's no way Potter could do what he does if he were seeking anything extrinsic. And that's the amazing thing, how Potter has been at the vanguard and pushed the limits for so long with the core experience as the sole motivator and without being influenced by the outer perception. Only a few, in any field of life, have truly been able to do this.
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