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Renowned Climber Dean Potter Killed In BASE Jumping Accident At Yosemite

Potter, 43, and Graham Hunt, 29, died Saturday after attempting a wingsuit flight from Taft Point, a promontory overlooking Yosemite Valley.

Last updated on July 3, 2018, at 1:16 p.m. ET

Posted on May 17, 2015, at 11:35 p.m. ET

Renowned BASE jumper Dean Potter and another man were killed Saturday at Yosemite National Park after attempting a wingsuit flight.

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A spokesman for the park told the Associated Press that Potter, 43, and Graham Hunt, 29, died after attempting a wingsuit flight from Taft Point, a 7,500-foot rocky promontory overlooking Yosemite Valley.

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Yosemite chief of staff Mike Gauthier told Outside the jumpers' spotter said she heard two sounds that may have been impacts or their parachutes opening.

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According to the magazine, Potter and Graham were attempting to fly along a ridge that required them to clear a notch.

“It’s kind of a trickier flight to go through this notch,” Gauthier said.

Search-and-rescue crews located the bodies of the two men Sunday in the Yosemite Valley. Neither parachute had been deployed.


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BASE jumping, parachuting from a fixed structure or cliff, is illegal in Yosemite, and in the days before his death Potter wrote on Facebook he disagreed with the ban.

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"It's an old rule and should be changed to reflect modern day," he said. I'm actively pursuing the legalization of human flight in our National Parks and slowly making progress:) Hopefully more people will lobby with me!!"

Potter was well known for BASE jumping, rock climbs and extreme tightrope-walking between cliffs, and was the subject of a National Geographic documentary.

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Hunt was a BASE jumper who lived near the Yosemite area and was a regular in the park.

Last year, Potter produced the film When Dogs Fly, documenting his BASE jumping along with his dog, Whisper.

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According to Outdoor, Whisper was not with Potter during the fatal accident.

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