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    From the footnotes http://www.climbing.com/news/dean-po...-in-base-jump/
    Didn't load for me though

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    i first saw something in camp4's instagram

    camp4collective His shadow, the black bird. And it said "fly with me." So he flew. Fly peacefully @deanpotter, you will be deeply missed.

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    Most I've seen is the thread currently running on ST and that reddit thread. Climbing site wouldn't load for me either.

    Wasn't really a fan after the Mount Watkins thing, among others, but he was certainly a force. Sad to see him go.
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    ugh sounds like it's been confirmed- http://gripped.com/news/dean-potter-dies-base-jumping/
    very sad news

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    Dean was a friend of mine...I always wondered if and when this day would come. RIP Dean. You were amazing. Such a generous and kind soul. See you on the other side of the mountain.

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    10x as bright! R.I. P.

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    god, wingsuiting and base are fucking retarded.

    RIP, Dean.
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    What a bummer. I remember meeting Dean in the Valley when I sold him a pocket knife in the Yosemite store. It was his first week in the Valley and he was barely 20. He flashed just about every classic hard crack in the first few days. Camp 4 was abuzz talking about the new young hardman. The guy was a fucking stud. RIP Dean and Graham. Awful news.

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    Sad news for the climbing community, but these guys push the limits of whats "safe" imho. I doubt it'll be long before we read this same story about Honnold. In my eyes, its only a matter of time. Guys like this live off the adrenaline rush, its like a bad drug addiction. They won't stop til its over for good.

    RIP Dean.

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    http://www.outsideonline.com/1981591/dean-potter-killed-base-jumping-accident

    Didn't really know him but I can't say this is a shocker, or a waste of life. Just is. Thanks to all those who push the envelope.
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    Article said another man died but his girlfriend and dog survived?
    watch out for snakes

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottyb View Post
    Article said another man died but his girlfriend and dog survived?
    "Survived by"

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    Rip, sad to see him pass. So full of talent & energy. Not one to be forgotten any time soon.

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    At least he died doing what he loved.

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    http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/05/18...mite.html?_r=0

    "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."


    Ugh, that must have been an ugly scene. Vibes to their loved ones and the recovery crew. RIP to them both. Dean was a truly remarkable human being.

    You can't partake in zero-margin-for-error activities with the frequency that Dean did without it catching up to you eventually. I wonder how long before impact they knew they were going to hit and were powerless to stop it? Anyone who has ever sent a big gap skiing will tell you that you know if you are going to make it or not the moment you leave the lip. I have to imagine it's similar when approaching an obstacle in a wingsuit. Even if it was only a fraction of a second, in that moment a split second lasts a very long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TruckeeLocal View Post
    Maybe my sarcasm alert monitor isn't functioning but jumping headfirst into rock, illegally in a National Park despite prior instances, while taking a buddy out with you, leaving a girlfriend and best-friend behind is "what he loved" ?
    Exactly.

    Threading the needle in a wing suit is about as risky an activity anyone can do. He loved it and died doing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dantheman View Post
    http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/05/18...mite.html?_r=0

    "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."


    Ugh, that must have been an ugly scene.
    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 sight, Gauthier said, she heard a “pop-pop” sound from below. She had hoped it was the smacking sound of their chutes opening somewhere in the darkening depths of the valley.
    ugh, that's gruesome.
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    people like this need to shut up...

    Quote Originally Posted by Skidog View Post
    Sad news for the climbing community, but these guys push the limits of whats "safe" imho. I doubt it'll be long before we read this same story about Honnold. In my eyes, its only a matter of time. Guys like this live off the adrenaline rush, its like a bad drug addiction. They won't stop til its over for good.

    RIP Dean.
    wtf are you talking about "adrenaline rush" BASE and soloing are the exact opposite of what you describe. If you were trying to rock climb with adrenaline pumping through your veins you wouldnt get very far...

    Also Dead died BASE jumping not soloing like Alex. Get your shit straight

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skidog View Post
    Sad news for the climbing community, but these guys push the limits of whats "safe" imho. I doubt it'll be long before we read this same story about Honnold. In my eyes, its only a matter of time. Guys like this live off the adrenaline rush, its like a bad drug addiction. They won't stop til its over for good.

    RIP Dean.
    Yes, this ^^^. Saved me the trouble of posting the same thing, though I agree with the other poster about the adrenaline. More like endorphins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by COmountainclimber View Post
    wtf are you talking about "adrenaline rush" BASE and soloing are the exact opposite of what you describe. If you were trying to rock climb with adrenaline pumping through your veins you wouldnt get very far...

    Also Dead died BASE jumping not soloing like Alex. Get your shit straight
    Registered here just to post this huh?

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    I knew Dean before he was famous, when he first came west and came through Montana, 19 years old...he crashed on my floor for a few months in Missoula. He worked at a golf bag factory to make some coin, he sent all our hardest routes on sight (that 6'5" reach!), and did hundreds of pull ups on my hangboard every night while everybody else sat around drinking beer. Little did we know the path he was on, but you could see the determination already in his eyes.

    Before he left he gave me a chalk bag that he'd sewn when he worked at Wild Things in North Conway. When he became famous I always took pleasure in telling people that Dean Potter made my chalk bag.

    Over the years I would see him at the Outdoor Retailer show, and he always assured me that what he was doing was very calculated and safe, but of course we both knew it wasn't like that. The guy was very humble for somebody who was such an undisputed badass.

    In the world of corporate-sponsored athletes, he was refreshingly outside the box, pursuing his vision regardless of what sponsors or the general public thought. He did not care. The level of athleticism and mental toughness he possessed is impossible for somebody like me to comprehend. I sometimes thought maybe he would be the exception and would not die because he was so incredibly talented. But one thing of which I'm certain is that Dean would tell you the life he lived was worth an early death.

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    ^^^^this

    A true pioneer.

    Also glad he didn't have kids. RIP.

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    vaya con Dios, amigo

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    Quote Originally Posted by yeahman View Post
    I knew Dean before he was famous, when he first came west and came through Montana, 19 years old...he crashed on my floor for a few months in Missoula. He worked at a golf bag factory to make some coin, he sent all our hardest routes on sight (that 6'5" reach!), and did hundreds of pull ups on my hangboard every night while everybody else sat around drinking beer. Little did we know the path he was on, but you could see the determination already in his eyes.

    Before he left he gave me a chalk bag that he'd sewn when he worked at Wild Things in North Conway. When he became famous I always took pleasure in telling people that Dean Potter made my chalk bag.

    Over the years I would see him at the Outdoor Retailer show, and he always assured me that what he was doing was very calculated and safe, but of course we both knew it wasn't like that. The guy was very humble for somebody who was such an undisputed badass.

    In the world of corporate-sponsored athletes, he was refreshingly outside the box, pursuing his vision regardless of what sponsors or the general public thought. He did not care. The level of athleticism and mental toughness he possessed is impossible for somebody like me to comprehend. I sometimes thought maybe he would be the exception and would not die because he was so incredibly talented. But one thing of which I'm certain is that Dean would tell you the life he lived was worth an early death.
    Thanks for sharing that.
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