Controversial BASE Jumper Dean Potter Dies in Yosemite

One of the two people found dead on Sunday in Yosemite National Park was identified as extreme athlete Dean Potter, best known for bold climbs and BASE jumps. Potter, together with another man, attempted a wingsuit flight, but it proved to be fatal. Potter, who was 42, and Graham Hunt, 29, jumped from the 2,300-meter Taft Point promontory.

When search and rescue teams were prompted about Potter and Hunt missing, they immediately started to search for them but could not find them overnight. The next morning two bodies were spotted in the Yosemite Valley, with no deployed parachutes. Media report that BASE jumping, or parachuting from a cliff, is illegal in Yosemite.

Potter was prominent among the climbing community for performing difficult climbing and jumping missions without any safety gear. He was also faced with criticism regarding his risk-taking, most notably in 2006 when Patagonia dropped a sponsorship contract with him because he climbed Delicate Arch in Utah in a “free solo” manner.

Yosemite National Park ranger Scott Gediman said that the Yosemite climbing community is shocked. "This is a horrible incident, and our deepest sympathies go out to their friends and family," Gediman said. "This is a huge loss for all of us."

Photo attribution: Instagram

 

 

 

Recent Posts

Team USA meets Venezuela at the Olympics

Venezuela's men's basketball team has been terminated from the Olympics. Despite the loss, the team is still pleased that they were able to represent Venezuela which seemed impossible in previous years. The Venezuela Men’s Basketball Team was able to reach the Olympics when they won…

Read More »

What information does InsideHoops.com provide?

InsideHoops.com is the full package when it comes to basketball sites. This website is the ‘one stop shop’ for all your NBA information. It features daily top stories with rumors and recaps from last night’s games are easily accessed. From the title menu on the left hand side, you…

Read More »

Who are Donatas Motiejunas and Brian Roberts?

In the world of sports, every year new amazing players show up in the middle of the game and veterans decide that they need to pass the ball to the next generation. It’s a never-ending cycle of good and amazing players, and the basketball players who made their name this year are Donatas…

Read More »

Who is James Naismith?

Dr. James Naismith is known worldwide as the creator of basketball. He was born on November 6, 1861. He was a Canadian and American sports coach, physical education teacher, sporting activities coach, medical professional, chaplain, trainer, and innovator. In 1891, he invented the game of basketball…

Read More »

Fresh From Our Desk

  • The Best 5 Basketball Team Players for Offense

    Basketball offense is forever changing. Here is an attempt to list the best basketball players for offensive play. LeBron James LeBron plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers in NBA. Standing 6 feet 8 inches and weighing 250 pounds, he is one of the most physical players in the NBA. He has a career…

    Read More »
  • Andre Iguodala brings Warriors to NBA finals

    Times got rough for the Warriors, but it was then that they turned to Iguodala to set scores straight. Andre Iguodala was thought to very easily become M.V.P. of the NBA finals one more time, which he actually did. It was a tough competition against his teammate Stephen Curry. Becoming the MVP…

    Read More »