Dean Potter in the grips of his "BASE solo" of Deep Blue Sea (5.12+), The Eiger, Switzerland. Photo by Beat Kammerlander.
Don't miss Dean Potter as he makes the first "BASE solo" (or FreeBASE) of the Eiger on NBC October 11 @ 2:30-4:00 PM ET. The entire 1.5 hour episode is hosted by Pat Parnell from the Eiger. Footage from this segment is taken from Sender Film's new release The Sharp End, and additional clips are excerpted from the forthcoming films Aerialist and Masters of Stone 6.
On August 6, Potter free-soloed the gently overhanging limestone route Deep Blue Sea (5.12+) on the north face of The Eiger, Switzerland. His only protection was a five pound BASE jumping rig on his back. He traversed into the climb along a natural ledge that comes off the northwest arête of The Eiger and soloed the final 600 foot headwall with 5.12+ crux moves at the top of the formation. Dean opted to bypass the lower pitches because they feature loose rock and, should a fall occur, there would not be time to deploy the BASE chute before encountering a 50-foot ledge that protrudes from the bottom of the climb. Below the ledge, the wall falls away for an additional 2,000 feet, leaving open the option of a 15 second flight from higher on the wall. READ MORE
Dean's climb was filmed by cinematographer Jim Hurst and photographer/mountain guide Beat Kammerlander.
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