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    Dean Potter, Extreme Climber, Dies in BASE Jumping Accident at Yosemite


    Dean Potter was one of two men killed in a B.A.S.E. jumping
    accident at California’s Yosemite National Park. (Jim Hurst photo)


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    May 18, 2015
    By John Branch

    Dean Potter, one of the generation’s top rock climbers and charismatic personalities, was one of two men killed in a BASE-jumping accident at California’s Yosemite National Park on Saturday.

    Potter, 43, and 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.

    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.

    “It’s tremendously sad,” said Gauthier, an occasional climbing partner of Potter, who lived in Yosemite. “Dean was part of this community and had such an impact on climbing. He was a luminary and in the pantheon of climbing gods.”

    BASE jumping is illegal in the national parks, and Yosemite officials have tried to curtail the practice. But Potter fought and flouted the rules for many years. He said recently that he was one of about a dozen people to make regular leaps, sometimes daily, usually in the early morning or late evening hours to avoid detection.

    Potter, who grew up mostly in New Hampshire, bloomed on the Yosemite climbing scene nearly 20 years ago. In 2001, he climbed the nose route of El Capitan in a record 3 hours 24 minutes. He was the first to free climb (no ropes except to catch falls) both El Capitan and Half Dome in 24 hours.

    On Saturday evening, Potter and Hunt climbed to the cliff’s edge of Taft Point and leapt. A spotter at the top watched them descend and fly with their outstretched wingsuits. Once they fell out of site, Gauthier said, she heard a “pop-pop” sound from below. She had hoped it was the smacking sound of their chutes opening.

    But daylight brought the confirmation that it was not.

    full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/18/sp...mite.html?_r=0

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    Well at least they got pulverised into a disintegrating mass of bone, skin and flesh doing what they loved.

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    Potter slacklining without a tether at Taft Point back in 2010:

    (Jeff Cunningham photo from adventure-journal.com photo)

    Dean Potter Highlines Yosemite's Taft Point Without Tether | adventure journal

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    she heard a “pop-pop” sound from below. She had hoped it was the smacking sound of their chutes opening.
    It turns out that "pop pop" is also the sound a human makes when he hits the deck at 120mph.
    Rest in many pieces.

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    It is amazing how little it takes. Was involved in a construction accident years ago where two workers fell 12 feet off a scaffold during a wind storm. Both died instantly due to "aorta seperation" where the aorta separates from the heart. It is a common fatal injury in car and bike accidents as well. Life is fragile.... live it well and carefully.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stinky View Post
    she heard a “pop-pop” sound from below. She had hoped it was the smacking sound of their chutes opening.
    It turns out that "pop pop" is also the sound a human makes when he hits the deck at 120mph.
    Rest in many pieces.
    No, that sound is 'pop'. 'pop-pop' is the sound two humans in succession hitting the deck at 120 mph.
    Though I've seen some of those wingsuit flights and they really move horizontally as well so pop-pop might have been the sound of two humans hitting the wall.
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    Koojo, you need to delete the "s" from "https" in the link, or the page goes weird like that. But thanks for the links....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer View Post
    Koojo, you need to delete the "s" from "https" in the link, or the page goes weird like that. But thanks for the links....
    I do, but it still does that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koojo View Post
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    Koojo, you need to delete the "s" from "https" in the link, or the page goes weird like that. But thanks for the links....
    I do, but it still does that.


    It's because they are in image tags, did you do that or just past the link in as text?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99 View Post
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    Koojo, you need to delete the "s" from "https" in the link, or the page goes weird like that. But thanks for the links....
    I do, but it still does that.


    It's because they are in image tags, did you do that or just past the link in as text?
    I put it in the image tags. Should I not do that?
    I cut and paste from the address bar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koojo View Post
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    Koojo, you need to delete the "s" from "https" in the link, or the page goes weird like that. But thanks for the links....
    I do, but it still does that.


    It's because they are in image tags, did you do that or just past the link in as text?
    I put it in the image tags. Should I not do that?
    I cut and paste from the address bar.
    Video is not an image.
    Just paste the content of the address bar in as text. Without the s...
    The forum will wrap it in url tags itself.
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    How did they both end up dead in different places? Gust of wind or something?

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    Anyone watch the doc other week where the fella jumped Table Top mountain and slammed a rock but survived? Risky game but if you love it what can you do?

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    An eerie interview of Dean in Rock & Ice Mag (http://www.rockandice.com/lates-news...at-ive-learned) published or republished on FB in the last couple of days before his death. This quote comes from the interview:


    ...I did the first ascent, all free solo, of the Californian Roulette—a 7,000-foot new route on Fitz Roy. Then, while coming down, I was struck on the leg by rockfall. I’d climbed the route in under 10 hours, and it took me about 36 more hours to get down.

    While crawling out of the mountains, I thought: There has to be a better way. That’s when I realized BASE jumping is the way to get off these walls.

    I’m working with a scientist and we’re developing a safer system for wingsuit flying. About 30 BASE jumpers and wingsuit flyers died last year, and this year has been very similar. I just felt uncomfortable with what was going on. And though I felt like I was always safe—I’ve never had a close call—I realized I must be missing something.

    Because I’m a free soloist, I think about odds. It’s not good enough to think: I will survive this once. When I think about doing something, I think: Will I survive a million out of a million times?

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