Moonwalk by Dean Potter

January 20th, 2013 | Space

Dean Potter Moonwalk

Dean Potter is the world-renowned American free climber, alpinist, base jumper, and highliner featured in the video above.  He’s conquered some of the world’s most challenging peaks WITHOUT a rope!  He has speed soloed Half Dome, El Capitan, Cerro Torre, and Fitzroy.

The Moonwalk above is located on a highline at Cathedral Peak, as part of a project for National Geographic called The Man Who Can Fly.

When asked to describe the experience in a recent interview, here’s was Dean had to say:

Did the Moon look like it does in the photo with the naked eye?

Potter: Photographer Mikey Schaefer was taking the photographs from approximately 1.2 miles west of the highline. For him, the moon and myself looked exactly like you see it in this picture. From my vantage point on the summit of the Cathedral Peak, the moon was higher in the sky and it looked as the moon always looks to us mortals on the ground.

Looks like you don’t have any protection. What would you have done if you had fallen?

Potter : I’ve always been a “free soloist.” Whatever I do, I long to be untethered and free. This desire for freedom goes far beyond the highline to every facet of life. Freedom is our most fundamental right. I am completely confident with my ability to catch the line if I were to fall. I’ve practiced this catch move successfully for the past 19 years.

And here’s a few more photos from the National Geographic episode which aired on Sunday, February 8th, 2013 at 8pm:

Dean Potter Free Climbing Cathedral Park

Dean Potter soloing El Capitan

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