The climbing world has been waiting for somebody to try this. For Dean Potter, it was the next step in his progression beyond the known limits of climbing.
This week, Dean successfully free soloed the route Deep Blue Sea on the north face of The Eiger. It’s 600 feet of gently overhanging limestone with a 5.12+ crux, which posed a huge risk of falling. To overcome the risk element, Potter employed his old safety: super-light B.A.S.E. rig, which, if he fell, and stuck the right position, would save him from death.
We captured it all with cameraman Jim Hurst for our imminent release, THE SHARP END.
The Eiger FreeBASE will also be featured in our next segment for NBC’s JEEP World of Adventure Sports, airing October 11.