Sunday, July 8, 2012

Freeclimber Dean Potter on the Subject of Death

A friend and I were talking today about the insanity of freeclimbing. Ironically, to say "I would never do that if my life depended on it" means nothing here...But I do understand a climber getting to know their own strengths and weaknesses to such an extent that they are completely confident in their capabilities and have an acute understanding of every move in the particular route they are climbing. But still, for me, my fear of falling is only tempered by my trust in the gear that is keeping me from being a big bloody spot on the ground.
Case in point: check out this climber who took a huge drop before an anchor broke his fall.

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