Legendary Climber Dean Potter Dies In Yosemite Accident

dean-potter-yosemite-portrait-2011_hIn sad news this weekend, legendary climber and BASE jumper Dean Potter, a fearless rock climber and charismatic personality, was one of two men killed in a BASE-jumping accident at Yosemite National Park in California on Saturday.

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Potter, 43, and the other man, Graham Hunt, 29, leapt near dusk off Taft Point, a promontory about 3,000 feet above the floor of Yosemite Valley, not far from the iconic granite masses of El Capitan and Half Dome. Flying in wingsuits, they tried to clear a notch in the granite cliffs but instead smashed into the rocks in quick succession.

Neither of the men pulled a parachute.
A witness said they heard two loud thuds very close together but didn’t see the athletes fall to earth.

Rescue parties began searching late Saturday, and the bodies were spotted by helicopter Sunday morning and retrieved early in the afternoon, said Mike Gauthier, Yosemite’s chief of staff. This comes just a few days after Potter posted this image on his Instagram account talking about a fallen friend who died while BASE jumping.

Potter is survived by his longtime girlfriend and her three kids as well as his dog, Whisper.
Potter was 43.

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