Dean Potter’s Hardest Line
The Shot: Dean Potter walks a high line 2,600 feet above the Yosemite Valley floor in Yosemite National Park, California, July 2, 2010.
The Photographer: Jimmy Chin
The Full Story: The late, great Dean Potter started out as a climber, but was perhaps best known for pushing the art of aerial adventure, including climbing, high-lining, BASE-jumping, BASE-lining (that is, high-lining with a chute), and wingsuiting (which would take his life in 2015). Jimmy Chin captured this shot of Potter on a high line above Yosemite Falls as part of a short film the two made for National Geographic. Potter is wearing a leash in the photo, but only because he’d already succeeded in walking the line without. In the short, Potter called it one of the hardest lines he’s ever tried to walk. “The moving water, the wind, there’s a lot of distraction,” he said.Back to top