Dean Potter Does It Again…

September 6, 2008

Dean Potter does it again. I think he outdoes everyone in his search for the most extreme conditions for whatever he does.

Last month (August) he successfully free soloed the route Deep Blue Sea on the North Face of the Eiger. It’s a 600ft gently overhanging limestone slope – difficulty rating is 5.12+, which if you don’t know what that means go check out my blog on climbing grades done yesterday (5th September). If this is a 5.12 grade I HATE to think what a 5.15a looks like!

As you can imagine there is a huge risk of falling.

Being Dean Potter means you aniticipate the unimaginable – he wore his super-lite BASE rig to give him an outside chance of survival if he fell. However, as with his baselining, he would have to fall ‘right’ to be able to use the ‘chute – needless to say, the ‘chute wasn’t used.

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Congratulations to Dean Potter for once again astounding us all and my thanks to http://www.senderfilms.com for this wonderful photograph.



  1. It truly was an epic send for Dean Potter. I can’t wait for Sender Films’ new rock climbing Movie the Sharp End, which will have some great footage of the climb.

  2. Yup, I’m looking forward to seeing that too. I was so impressed with the quality of their photographs. Some really fabulous pics.

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