Watch This Tribute to the Legendary Dean Potter

Dean Potter redefined climbing with ropeless/tetherless solo ascents. He also set records for wingsuit flights and highline walks.

He said he was compelled to such feats by a need to overcome an early fear of falling to his death.

“When I was a little boy, my first memory was a flying dream. In my dream, I flew – and I also fell,” he said in a video interview with Outside Online. “I always wondered as I got older if it was some premonition of falling to my death.”


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Dean Potter was one of two BASE jumpers found dead in California’s Yosemite National Park in 2015. The athletes were attempting a 3,500-foot wingsuit descent from Taft Point, a high overhang above the Yosemite Valley.

 Park authorities found Potter, 43, and Graham Hunt, 29, during a helicopter search.