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Climber Dean Potter, friend tried to clear 'notch' at Yosemite before deaths

Climber Dean Potter, friend tried to clear 'notch' at Yosemite before deaths

Rock climbers Dean Potter and Graham Hunt, who died in a BASE-jumping accident at Yosemite National Park on Saturday, were attempting to clear a "notch" on the mountain but slammed into the rock instead, an official said Monday. Mike Gauthier, chief of staff for Yosemite, described a notch as a steep and rocky ridgeline that is “spiny like a stegosaurus.” Related: For Dean Potter, BASE jumping was spirituality, not sport  Potter had jumped from the same point at least 20 times, and Hunt may have too, Gauthier said. Potter and Hunt jumped around nightfall from Taft Point, an overlook about 3,000 feet above Yosemite Valley, said park spokesman Scott...

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