Legendary climber and wingsuit BASE jump pioneer Dean Potter, 43, was killed in a BASE jumping accident Saturday while attempting a wingsuit flight in Yosemite National Park. He and fellow jumper Graham Hunt, 29, were found dead below Taft Point, a 7,500 foot cliff overlooking the park’s famous valley.
Widely considered one of the most influential climbers, highliners, and BASE jumpers of his generation, Potter was a National Geographic Expeditions Council grantee who was featured across National Geographic print and broadcast media, including being named an Adventurer of the Year.
“He was a larger-than-life character,” says Mike Gauthier, the chief of staff in Yosemite National Park. “His role in the community in Yosemite Valley, and the climbing world—he’s just in the pantheon of great athletes that people idolize and look up to.” Read More: Pioneering Climber Dean Potter Killed in Wingsuit BASE Jumping Accident
From the time he was a boy, Potter dreamt of flying. In 2011, National Geographic documented the story of his journey to break his own human flight record at Mt. Bute, a 9,000 foot granite rock that towers over the British Columbia Coastline.
For more on Potter’s life and record-breaking stunts, here are 7 videos that capture some of his biggest accomplishments.