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DEAN POTTER

Dean Potter is an incredible person. A solo climber, a climber, a climber, a base jumper, a highliner, as well as a baseball player. This person is known to everyone who is keen on extreme sports.

Childhood.

Born in the USA. He began to climb as a child. Slackline tried at a fairly young age (in 2003). He devoted the whole of 2003 to base jumping. His father served in the army and therefore Dean and his friend climbed into the closed territory for the military. He did not start applying insurance right away; at first he was without it. It was made from improvised materials. Not far from their house was a rock, on which he constantly went. The boy carefully concealed his hobbies from his parents. Dean’s situation with the university was not so good, and after 3 semesters he left him and devoted his life to climbing.

He is the same as everyone.

Despite the fact that Dean was very popular, in life he was quite modest and quiet. He loved to meditate alone, practiced yoga (his mom is a yoga trainer), monitored food, didn’t even drink coffee and had no bad habits. He does not consider himself a star and sincerely enjoys the achievements of others.

Personal life.

Little is known about Potter’s personal life. Parents, all his life supported him. He had a wife, Stef Davis, who also does rock climbing. They have been married for 8 years. Dean also had a favorite dog, Whisper, who was his faithful companion and flew with him. Whisper did not participate in the fatal jump.

Highliner.

He performed many tricks without insurance. In 2011, he walked a rope without safety over a precipice of 700 meters in the national park of Canada. Dean said he had studied slackline, breathing, etc. for a long time. He claimed that his sling is safer than others, and he can control the situation. He adored life and did not want to die at all, did not work to the limit of his capabilities. Just looking for freedom and peace in the air.

Solo climber.

In Yosemite National Park, Dean climbed to the top of Haven without insurance. He was the first to do this. In the same park, in 2010, he overcame the wall of El Capitan and set a record for climbing speed. Rose in just 2 hours 36 minutes 45 seconds. In 2015, he set a new record for climbing speed at Harf Dorum. Ascent and descent took only 2 hours 17 minutes 52 seconds. In 2006, there was a scandal over the “Graceful Arch”. The climber could not prove that the deep pits in the sandstone were not left from his equipment. Because of this, he lost several sponsorship contracts.

Actor.

Dean starred in the action movie “First Ascent”.

In 2014, in Switzerland, Potter introduced his dog Wisper to base jumping, having shot a small story about him “When the Dogs Fly” about him. It is because of this video that it has become world-famous, it has appeared in many publications.

Record.

In 2009, Potter set a record for the longest flight in a vinsuit costume. He soared in the air for almost 3 minutes and flew on Iger more than 2700 meters.

Death.

On May 16, 2015, Dean had a fatal base jump. He left the world at the age of 43 years. Together with Dean that fateful day was his friend Graham Hunt. They performed a jump from Cape Taft Point (height-2.3 km) in wing-suits. It was assumed that after free flight, parachutes will open, but this did not happen. They began to look for them the next day, because after their jump they did not return home and friends filed a wanted list.

Searches were conducted from air and land, their bodies could only be found on May 17, Sunday morning. Dean and Graham’s parachutes were not opened. Some say that they wanted to fly through the narrow gap between the rocks and lost control. Someone claims that due to a gust of wind they were carried away and hit on the rocks, before the parachute opened.

In recent years, he has devoted much time to finalizing his wingsuit costume.

In Yosemite National Park, Dean climbed to the top of Haven without insurance. He was the first to do this. In the same park, in 2010, he overcame the wall of El Capitan and set a record for climbing speed. Rose in just 2 hours 36 minutes 45 seconds. In 2015, he set a new record for climbing speed at Harf Dorum. Ascent and descent took only 2 hours 17 minutes 52 seconds. In 2006, there was a scandal over the “Graceful Arch”. The climber could not prove that the deep pits in the sandstone were not left from his equipment. Because of this, he lost several sponsorship contracts.

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