Dean Potter, climbing legend, and Graham Hunt reported killed in BASE jump accident

Dean Potter. (planetmountain.com photo)

Dean Potter. (planetmountain.com photo)

UPDATED AS OF 11 P.M.: The New York Times is reporting that Dean Potter and Graham Hunt, in their BASE jump of Taft Point, attempted to clear a notch on the cliffs below but were not able to, hitting the rock before they could deploy their chutes. More of that story here.

UPDATED AS OF 9 P.M.: The Associated Press is reporting that search and rescuers who found the bodies of Dean Potter and Graham Hunt say their parachutes apparently did not deploy. They were attempting a wingsuit flight.

UPDATED: Outside Online is reporting the accident took place on Taft Point in Yosemite, and that Potter’s partner, who was also killed, was Graham Hunt. Read more on that here.

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Various Internet reports are saying that Dean Potter, a famous rock climber and BASE jumper, has died in a BASE jumping accident in California.

Gripped.com is saying that he and his climbing partner, who was not named, died Saturday when their jump went awry around Lost Arrow Spire in Yosemite National Park. You can read that report here.

More details are also available on this reddit post about the accident.

Potter, 43, was one of the lead figures in a generation of Yosemite climbers that took hold in theĀ  1990s, a group famous for pioneering new, big-wall routes and free-solo climbing. Among that group, Potter was considered one of the most daring and best. Potter was also known for his speed climbing and high-lining feats.

A huge loss to the climbing and outdoor community.

The Weekly Stoke: Lost in the mountains, climate change, tips for ski season and Alex Honnold climbing in Yosemite

Flying over Antarctica. (Wikipedia Commons photo)

Flying over Antarctica. (Wikipedia Commons photo)

A whole lot of ground to cover this week, so let’s not waste time. Enter the Weekly Stoke!

Some sobering news again this week from the high country as an Ohio man goes missing somewhere near Colorado’s Mount Harvard. This, plus another search (sorry, don’t have a link on that one) further south in the Sangre de Cristo range. Both involved solo hikers. Having just done a solo, the weight of these stories is not lost on me.

Climate change deniers are making some noise about a report showing growth in polar ice, but a recent study shows that the reasons behind Antarctic ice shelf growth is not the result in a leveling off of warming temperatures. That, and the arctic ice pack is still shrinking.

This report reveals how Americans prefer their exercise: Solo and brief.

Here are some tips to get you ready for the upcoming ski season.

And just for fun, who doesn’t like a video of Alex Honnold doing what he does best? Have a look.

Alex Honnold in Yosemite: National Parks Epic Challenge from National Park Foundation on Vimeo.