The Man Who Can Fly- Dean Potter


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mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Feb 15, 2012 - 12:50am PT
Saw it tonight and thought it was great. The climbing footage on Butte is worth it right there. I would love to climb that. You gotta say that the tricked out van, to sail boat, to helicopter, to many thousand foot rock climb approach to your base jump is stylin it out.


Trad climber
British Columbia, Canada
Feb 15, 2012 - 12:51am PT
He has had more than his share of resistance from small minded people that have none of the talent, vision or balls that he does.

This quote bears repeating, I'm not sure why so many people hate on Dean, jealousy perhaps? Maybe we all wish we could be a little more open minded about our limitations and get to live life as he does on his own terms. Its easy to whine and criticize from safe at home behind your computers but who if any of you has the balls to do the things he does? regardless of what his motivations are.

Its not new for people to questions the motivations for soloists, Bachar, Reardon, honnold, they all have their detractors but to think that they are doing this for money or publicity alone is preposterous, there are far safer ways of making more money. Like many before him, Dean is simply taking advantage of the fact that people are willing to pay to assist him in what are otherwise expensive pursuits. I for one hopes he makes millions off his exploits so that finances will never be what limits a visionary like Dean, the way it limits so many dirtbag climbers.

I think this thread needs a good Potter quote...

"What I get from pushing my limits is that I turn impossible to possible, I turn something I haven't done into something I'm doing. The possibilities of what we are capable of if we truly believe is... the most compelling thing I can think of."-Dean Potter

Trad climber
Feb 24, 2012 - 08:21pm PT
and you may find yourself ,,living in a shotgun shack,,and you may ask yourself ,,well how did i get here???when you get confused take a littel walk about,,maybe it:ll come to you ,,

Social climber
An Oil Field
Feb 24, 2012 - 10:58pm PT
It is very easy to sit back and hurl insults about people who you have never met and don't understand.

The internet has turned the world into the equivalent to the deli crowd. Times one billion.

I admire Dean a lot. Not so much for being rad or anything. He is just out there exploring where things go.

Most of the wingsuit flyers are into proxy flying..buzzing the wall or the ground.

Dean is into doing the longest flights possible, and he has the perfect build for it. He is literally into flying.

I admire him very much. He doesn't post endless vimeo or youtube videos of himself. He just does his thing and every now and then we get a peek.

Should I have been so lucky as to chose that life.

Trad climber
Feb 25, 2012 - 01:21am PT
Dean knows what its all about man.
That's it.

Trad climber
Southwest for the winter
Feb 25, 2012 - 01:46am PT
I enjoyed watching the program and seeing Dean doing some rad stuff. I don't really buy into the "spiritual" stuff that he talks about--not saying that he is insincere or putting anything on, it just doesn't resonate with me personally. That fact doesn't diminish the stuff he is doing in my view though.

I really enjoyed seeing Matt M. involved in the rigging stuff--I have read about his "anti-cams" and a few other articles/blog by him and that is one incredible mind at work.

Jumping is not on my radar, but it's interesting to see what they can do and I am happy for Dean's success in sharing his skills and passion with the public. Climbing accidents/tragedies are misrepresented frequently in the media--I feel like these types of positive portrayals are good in a bigger sense, albeit atypical of what most climbers actually do.

Steve Richert

Feb 25, 2012 - 04:57am PT
I thought that the whole show was amazing & the cinematography was extraordinary. The high line footage over the north gulley gave me anxiety, the el cap footage shows the positions & exposure so well & the flight off Mt Butte might as well be on another planet the way it is filmed! Dean is the perfect subject for all three. So focused. I had the pleasure of meeting him this summer when my dog tried to chase his dog down in the bluffs & he turned out to be a very genuine, peaceful, friendly dude. He had a really positive energy. I can see why he probably has haters- he is doing what he wants on his terms despite other opinions, if any of them haters ever met Dean they would probably change their opinions a bit.

OT: Someone mentioned Matt M before & the anticam. Some of the guys who made the NatGeo special also did an online series prior called "the season" that profiles the anticam as well as some other climbers & athletes from other individual sports which has some pretty good episodes & athletes

Seneca area
Feb 25, 2012 - 06:40am PT
Had anyone found a copy of it on the web yet? I thought by now someone would have put it up there but so far I haven't been able to find it... Some of us don't have TV/cable

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Feb 27, 2012 - 01:17am PT
Big ears, there's a behind the scene clip of the making and rigging of the ramp on this:

Trad climber
Laguna Hills, California
Mar 2, 2012 - 11:41pm PT
Anyone know the name of the route they climbed?

Mar 3, 2012 - 01:32am PT
Enjoy, hopefully your palms don't sweat as much as mine did!

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Trad climber
San Luis Obispo, CA
Mar 3, 2012 - 02:41am PT
Thanks Ryan. Good stuff.

Boulder climber
Mar 3, 2012 - 03:17am PT
Sorry, but that metal pier thing is lame.

Mar 3, 2012 - 12:38pm PT
Cool! He's an amazing athlete, that's for sure.

Mar 3, 2012 - 12:55pm PT
I found it kinda funny how he talks about feeling connected and one with nature and then has a 40ft metal plank attached to the side of a mountain just so he can jump off it. I'm sure he wouldn't chisel holds on a climbing route just to make it possible.

Makes you wonder if he really wanted to do it or if maybe the producers of the show had some influence there... you know, they've gone all this way and then they are missing the money shot... that kinda thing.


Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Mar 3, 2012 - 02:05pm PT
Thanks for posting that Ryan-pretty incredible.

Mountain climber
San Diego
Mar 3, 2012 - 03:22pm PT
Very incredible. Thanks.

I wonder if "The Butte" can be paraglided? Wonder if there could be a launch worked out.

Dean is the man.

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Mar 4, 2012 - 04:53pm PT
"the metal pier thing" which was discussed in the behind the scenes link I posted, was to clear the initial section of the face which was deemed too low of an angle to clear upon takeoff. The solution was to build a "plank" lower down, hence the fitting phrase, "walk the plank."

Mountain climber
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.

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.
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