Sunday, May 17, 2015

Climbing legend Dean Potter killed In Yosemite BASE Jump Attempt

Veteran climber Dean Potter is one of two BASED jumpers who have been found dead in Yosemite National Park after attempting a descent from Taft Point, authorities said.

The two men's bodies were discovered during a helicopter search around noon Sunday, said Scott Gediman, a spokesman for the park. Potter, 43, and Graham Hunt, 29, were reported missing Saturday by friends, Gediman said. The two had jumped from Taft Point into Yosemite Valley, a descent of roughly 3,500 feet.

It wasn't immediately clear what had caused their jump to go fatally wrong. The pair are believed to have jumped together, but were reportedly found at different points.

The magazine Outside reported on its website that Potter and Hunt were attempting a wingsuit flight from Taft Point. 

BASE jumping is illegal in Yosemite Park.

BASE is an acronym that stands for building, antenna, span and earth.

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