The modern day adventure samurai: Dean Potter dies

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Flying raven, burning sun. Potter's partners on the summit of Fitz Roy after climbing Supercanaleta. Photo: Dean S. PotterFlying raven, burning sun. Potter's partners on the summit of Fitz Roy after climbing Supercanaleta. Photo: Dean S. Potter

 
"The modern day adventure samurai." That's how adventure photographer Jimmy Chin once described Dean Potter, a climbing legend over the past two decades, who died on Saturday in a base jumping accident in California's Yosemite National Park. In addition to his tremendous climbing exploits, Potter was known for his daring highline walks and base jumping -- parachuting off of high mountains. In 2002, Potter became the first person to do a free solo ascent of the Supercanaleta on Cerro Fitzroy ( and just days later he completed a nearly free solo ascent of the fabled Compressor Route on Cerro Torre) in Argentine Patagonia. Read here a story he wrote about that experience published just last week in The Alpinist: http://bit.ly/1PR7tZh
 
 
Dean Potter free-soling in Yosemite. Dean Potter free-soling in Yosemite.
 
 
 
Dean Potter's famous moonwalk highline in Yosemite. Photo: Mikey SchaeferDean Potter's famous moonwalk highline in Yosemite. Photo: Mikey Schaefer
 
 
 

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