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Extreme athlete Dean Potter dies in BASE jumping accident

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Re: Extreme athlete Dean Potter dies in BASE jumping acciden

Postby markskor » Fri May 22, 2015 7:10 am

Just a thought - why not be totally transparent - both sides. Accept and consider having a new regulation - having all those "flying" - a mandatory inspection and registration of all chutes and wing suits (just like a permit) for use when in the park...addresses safety and numbers...maybe a small fee to cover SAR?

With all the great climbers/craziness of the SAR personnel... IMHO - best of the best. Find someone from there competent and fair, just to keep tabs/ organize ...A Wing Suit Ranger?
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Re: Extreme athlete Dean Potter dies in BASE jumping acciden

Postby freestone » Fri May 22, 2015 11:18 am

"Both sides, Line in the sand, Nanny state, Glad you are not here"

Wow, I'm not on either side, and also think it's wonderful that Yosemite means so much to so many. Surely the Park Superintendent will give serious consideration to any and all ideas that can safely enhance the Park experience. I have my own list of requests to make as well, but it has nothing to do with flying suits, or the fact that two young men lost their lives... so better left for another day. My circus comment was just a lighthearted observation, not a value judgement, but I must admit, I have avoided the Park for some years now because that. I certainly respect those that are not bothered by it and can creatively thrive as well.
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Re: Extreme athlete Dean Potter dies in BASE jumping acciden

Postby Rockyroad » Fri May 22, 2015 1:11 pm

sparky wrote:They didnt have a death wish...quite the opposite.

Sparky, I like your perspective.
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Re: Extreme athlete Dean Potter dies in BASE jumping acciden

Postby maverick » Fri May 22, 2015 5:28 pm

A friend of mine tells me he was up climbing El Cap the Monday before the accident. He said that while he and his partner were descending the fixed rappel ropes on the East Ledges descent, someone was heading up the fixed lines with parachute and squirrel suit, probably headed for a quick evening descent from El Cap. My friend believes it was Graham Hunt, the guy who died along with Dean.
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