- Friend: Dean Potter "was a very, very gifted extreme athlete"
- The bodies of Potter and Graham Hunt were found Sunday by a helicopter
- They had reportedly attempted a wingsuit flight into Yosemite Valley from Taft Point
(CNN)Extreme sports legend Dean Potter was one of two BASE jumpers found dead in Yosemite National Park after attempting an aerial descent from Taft Point, authorities said.
'Premonition of falling to my death'
First ever FreeBASE #solo. I innovated this new form of #rock #climbing in 2008 on the North Buttress of the #Eiger in #Switzerland. This concept of turning dying into #flying is a metaphor for my basic life principle... Quite often there is a way to change the worse things we have going on into the best things which become our strengths. Photo by my mentor and #mastermind Beat Kammerlander. @Fiveten_Official @AdidasOutdoor @StrideHealth @MetoliusClimbing @Goalzero @Guayaki #FlyFee #FlySafe #Freedom
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Dream of flying unaided
CNN's Brooke Baldwin, Ben Brumfield and Catherine E. Shoichet contributed to this report.