Dean Potter has once again pushed the limits of climbing. He is the perfect example of what happens when inspiration meets passion and motivation. Just when we think that climbing has reached a new height, a new extreme, I am reminded that the human curiosity and passion to experience what is capable is limitless. More power to these people like Dean Potter, Olympic athletes, my husband, my neighbor Dan, and me. Life is about the ability to express a passion in any form that may please oneself. Explore these passions, dream BIG, be these big dreams.
On August 6, 2008, Dean Potter completed the first "FreeBASE" ascent of Deep Blue Sea (5.12+) on the north face of the Eiger (13,025'), Switzerland. He scaled the slightly overhanging limestone route solo, sans rope but with a five-pound BASE parachute for protection against the consequences of a fall.
"During this FreeBASE, I was able to relax and fully groove during the climb. Additionally, it has opened my emotions and mind to the limitless possibilities. FreeBASE climbing Deep Blue Sea has stirred my way of thinking more than anything in the past," Potter said.