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Dean S. Potter (April 14, 1972 – May 16, 2015) was an American free climber, alpinist, BASE jumper, BASEliner, and highliner. He was noted for hard first ascents, free solo ascents, speed ascents, and enchainments in Yosemite National Park and Patagonia. Potter died in a wingsuit flying accident in Yosemite National Park.

Potter climbed many new routes and completed many solo ascents in Yosemite and Patagonia. He free-solo climbed a small part of El Capitan in Yosemite, where he pioneered a route he called 'Easy Rider' by climbing down the slabby upper pitches of the route 'Lurking Fear' (hardest moves rated grade 5.10a) and then traversed 'Thanksgiving Ledge' to complete the last six pitches and six hundred feet of the route Free Rider (hardest pitch 5.11d, two pitches of 5.10d, 5.10b, 5.10a and 5.7). This was the first major section of El Capitan to be free soloed, but his path avoided the significantly more challenging climbing on what is the easiest way up El Capitan below (several 5.12 pitches, with difficulty up to 5.12d on 'Free Rider').

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Notable ascents

By type Diff. band Ascents Hardest ascent
30 5.13+Concepcion 15 years ago
14 5.12d Southern Belle
5.12d Freerider 15 years ago
3 5.12d Southern Belle
5.12d Freerider 15 years ago
Red point
3 5.12d Southern Belle
5.12d Freerider 15 years ago
11 7b+ Deep Blue Sea 9 years ago
5.12cTechno Christ
5.12cThe Sinister
By style Diff. band Ascents Hardest ascent
13 5.13a Gold Wall
7 5.13+Concepcion 15 years ago
5 5.11c Astroman
2 5.12cTechno Christ
5.12cThe Sinister
2 5.12b A Dog's Roof
By area Diff. band Ascents Hardest ascent
Yosemite National Park
20 5.13a Gold Wall
Torre Massif
2 6cThe long run 12 years ago
Mill Creek
2 5.12cTechno Christ
5.12cThe Sinister
Fitz Roy
2 WI4Supercanaleta
Potash Road
1 5.13+Concepcion 15 years ago

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Ascents by grade and tick type

Climber Performance Rating (CPR) Timelines

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Trad timeline (ascents)


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