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.”
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.