The Man Who Can Fly- Dean Potter

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Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Feb 14, 2012 - 04:34pm PT
I fell asleep straight away.
go-B

climber
Habakkuk 3:19 Sozo
Feb 14, 2012 - 07:06pm 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 - 07:17pm 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.
Norwegian

Trad climber
Placerville, California
Feb 14, 2012 - 08:04pm PT
cragman quit workin so hard
and then you can stay upwright and alert for life's fireworks...


say,
i was just parked at the local hole-in-the-wall
and next to me seated a good man
we got to chattin and it turns out
this guy was

heidi wirtz's brother.

no shite he couldn't believe that i'd heard of her,
and i guess she got some air time with dean
on this documentary,
anyway he filled my cup when it was empty of it's beer

and i told him his sister is a hot doll,
but geez she's a badass woman.

mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Feb 14, 2012 - 09:50pm 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.

Synchronicity

Trad climber
British Columbia, Canada
Feb 14, 2012 - 09:51pm 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
melski

Trad climber
bytheriver
Feb 24, 2012 - 05:21pm 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 ,,
BASE104

Social climber
An Oil Field
Feb 24, 2012 - 07:58pm 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.
lubbockclimber

Trad climber
lubbock,tx
Feb 24, 2012 - 10:21pm PT
Dean knows what its all about man.
That's it.
Porkchop_express

Trad climber
Southwest for the winter
Feb 24, 2012 - 10:46pm 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
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Feb 25, 2012 - 01:57am 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

http://theseasontv.com
Naitch

climber
Seneca area
Feb 25, 2012 - 03:40am 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
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Feb 25, 2012 - 07:12am PT
I'd just like to add that if anyone is looking for a first rate climbing trip here's what you do:



1) Go spend a week or two in Squamish and get tuned up.

2) Wait for the splitter high preasure weather forecast.

3) 2 options - one, jump in a cessna at Squamish and fly straight to Homathko Camp or travel over to Vancouver Island and water taxi in.

4) Chuck will no doubt drive you to the trail head at Galleon creek where you can saunter into camp in Chuck's Meadow right under the west face of Bute.

5) climb splitter alpine granite. take your pick from 2000' to 6000' routes.

6) make sure you check out the view to Waddington from the summit.

7) Waltz back out and fly back to town.


http://aaj.americanalpineclub.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Martinello-Bute-RL-5x4.jpg

http://bivouac.com/FtrPg.asp?FtrId=3551



Truthdweller

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Feb 26, 2012 - 10:17pm PT
Big ears, there's a behind the scene clip of the making and rigging of the ramp on this:

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/national-geographic-channel/extras/explorer-2/ngc-base-jumping-platform-rig/
PatKaufer

Trad climber
Laguna Hills, California
Mar 2, 2012 - 08:41pm PT
Anyone know the name of the route they climbed?
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Mar 2, 2012 - 10:32pm PT
Enjoy, hopefully your palms don't sweat as much as mine did!


Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PLjQItL1XE

Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hsTSjeAO8g

Part 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsWD6AIw4a4
rnevius

Trad climber
San Luis Obispo, CA
Mar 2, 2012 - 11:41pm PT
Thanks Ryan. Good stuff.
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Mar 3, 2012 - 12:17am PT
Sorry, but that metal pier thing is lame.
roadman

climber
Mar 3, 2012 - 09:38am PT
Cool! He's an amazing athlete, that's for sure.
hb81

climber
Mar 3, 2012 - 09:55am 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.




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