Thanks to the reader with the semi-inappropriate screen name that sent me a heads up on this article.
Climbing has hit the front pages of The New York Times…sort of. Controversial climber, slack liner and BASE-jumper Dean Potter has a big article on his latest non-climbing adventure: a combination of highlining and Base-jumping. For those that don’t know, highlining is slacklining done at ridiculous heights with a tag line used for safety.
The article has video of him attempting to highline across a 180 ft. chasm in Moab, UT using nothing but a BASE-jumping parachute in the event that he has to bail, no safety lines whatsoever. Here’s a bit of a spoiler: he has to bail. Check out the article as well as the videos below showing various other Dean Potter exploits.
Dean Potter speed soloing the Nose on El Cap
BASE-Jumping at the Go Fast Games
Highlining in Yosemite I believe, with no protection
20 Feet off the ground slacklining in Germany
Dean Potter climbing in Moab, UT
An interview with Dean Potter and Steph Davis