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Synchronicity

Trad climber
British Columbia, Canada
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 15, 2013 - 09:17pm PT
I know some people bash Dean but nobody can deny he has pushed the limits of human perception. For anyone who hasn't seen it yet, the Reel Rock segment is up on youtube right now. Pretty amazing stuff, my favorite part was the Alien Roof finish to the Rostrum, what a mindblowing position and route.


I searched the forum and couldn't see this posted. For those of us (like me) who missed the film tour
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Mar 15, 2013 - 10:29pm PT
Is having a chute on really free-soloing? Yes, certainly, until you get high enough to deploy the chute. Above that, you have a belay of sorts, so it's not as ballsy as Honnold's ascent of the Alien Roof, again not taking anything away from Potter.
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Mar 15, 2013 - 10:31pm PT
can ------- worms

i vote yes
BLUEBLOCR

Social climber
joshua tree
Mar 15, 2013 - 10:36pm PT
THATS THE SICKEST VID EVER!!
I had no idea.
Thats wy tv was invented. ..
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Mar 15, 2013 - 10:41pm PT
I just realized that there was some footage I had never seen before, cool.
jabbas

Trad climber
phx AZ
Mar 15, 2013 - 11:10pm PT
Man , the state of the state has most certainly evolved. Chalk dust to you Dean !!!
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Mar 16, 2013 - 01:22am PT
Ohhhhh yaaaaaaa like Honnold ohhhhhh he's like ohhhhhhhhhh



It's like Spider-Man and superman u nitwits, still a great vid.
Reeotch

Trad climber
4 Corners Area
Mar 16, 2013 - 06:01am PT
I'm sure there are many positions, both body positions and positions on the route where the parachute would not protect you, even if you are high enough. You probably only have 3 seconds or less to get your sh#t together in the air before its too late.
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Mar 16, 2013 - 06:17am PT
If the Hankster thinks you're bat sh#t crazy, you probably should take another look at those risks. This one goes on the ipod.
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Mar 16, 2013 - 07:00am PT
Amazing...if he doesn't fall perfect, opening that chute could be a total bitch. .....

Head still shaking in wonder and mouth still open here.
Dickly

Social climber
KY
Mar 16, 2013 - 07:55am PT
The dude is sick. I wonder how he would do on some of these new 5.15s popping up.
Synchronicity

Trad climber
British Columbia, Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 16, 2013 - 11:13am PT
I know its a bit outdated, I just hadn't seen it posted on here and I saw it for the first time last night so i thought I would share.

For what its worth, I don't think it's fair to compare Honnold and Potter. The main reason why I got into climbing was not to compete with others but rather compete against myself. It's all about pushing your own limits, something that Dean certainly has taken to a new extreme. I think his vision is what inspires the most, and his non-competitive attitude and warrior mindset is still refreshing in a world dominated by a new generation of 15c sport climbers and V16 boulderers.

Honnold is an entirely different animal, but lets not compare apples and oranges. There is always someone out there bigger, better, faster, and stronger than you.... unless your name is Honnold....
BASE104

Social climber
An Oil Field
Mar 16, 2013 - 12:55pm PT
We used to jump the Rostrum in the winter when nobody was home down there. It is a casual BASE jump. We could do it 3 times a day. The ride took a bite out of the day. In the winter, the number of rangers goes way down when the seasonal rangers are let go. Supposedly they go off and get deputy jobs tooling people. Sooo much anger in the LEO end of things.

The statute of limitations has long expired on that, and besides I like to make stuff up and brag. That last sentence is intended for the rangers...
Matt Sarad

climber
Mar 16, 2013 - 01:44pm PT
I saw Dean in Yosemite as I was going in for the Nose 50 year presentation. He was sitting by himself on a bench with a dazed look that either revealed he had done something so serious he was in shock or he was too drunk to move. It was scary to see him like that.
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Mar 16, 2013 - 01:46pm PT
Hehe Nice one BASE!
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Mar 16, 2013 - 05:19pm PT
Why would anyone bash Dean?
Dean's f*#king rad.
Thanks for the link.
BASE104

Social climber
An Oil Field
Mar 16, 2013 - 05:30pm PT
Dean is very kind. He has begun to live right and to treat other people right. It is very hard to live a life like that today, with all of the junk we carry around, but I admire him very much.

He is a bad ass jumper. Most BASE videos are proxy flights buzzing trees and walls, but he milks distance and time. With his wingspan vs. body size, he is a human albatross.
Bad Climber

climber
Mar 16, 2013 - 05:34pm PT
Some of my favorite footage of all time. Thanks for posting it. Dean's the man, and I'm a huge fan. I like the somewhat serious honesty he brings to his exploits. I was bummed when his marriage to Steph Davis didn't work out. It's gotta be tough being an uber couple--as Tommy and Beth discovered, too.

Go Dean!

BaD
Rankin

Social climber
Greensboro, North Carolina
Mar 16, 2013 - 06:46pm PT
TFPU. That footage on Alien Roof is outstanding. It's hard to conceive what he's doing honestly. It's just so out there.
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Mar 21, 2013 - 06:41pm PT
The name of this video has been bothering me, and I just remembered there's a route up in the Adirondaks I did once called Drop Fly or Die. One of the few crack climbing crags in the east, like a micro- cookie cliff.
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