Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Potter Succeeds With "Baseline" Walk


Dean Potter's attempt to do the world's first "baseline," walking a high slackline without a tether but with a BASE-jumping parachute as backup, got major play in mid-March, when the New York Times posted a big story and slick Peter Mortimer and Nick Rosen video at its website. In the vid (as in this Steph Davis photo), Potter is shown making several attempts to cross the 180-foot line above Hell Roaring Canyon, near Moab, hundreds of feet above the ground. None were successful. But in early April, Potter finally walked the line without pulling the chute.

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