May 18, 2015 2:03 PM

Dean Potter, who died in BASE jumping accident, had roots in NH

Dean Potter, an extreme athlete who was found dead after a fatal BASE jumping accident in Yosemite National Park on Sunday, had roots in New Hampshire.

Potter was a renowned rock climber, famous for daring solo ascents. He went to high school in southern New Hampshire, and attended the University of New Hampshire.

He was on the varsity crew team, but then quit college to pursue his love of climbing.

Potter frequently scaled the rock faces of North Conway while he was earning money to travel west for more high adventure.

He told Outside magazine he loved to climb Joe English Hill, mountain that sits on federal land controlled by a local Air Force base near Potter's home in New Boston when he was in his teens.

Take a look at one of Potter's coolest videos:

Moonwalk from Reel Water Productions on Vimeo.


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