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Timmy O’Neill’s Epic Story About Dean Potter Free-Soloing

The two were on a big free-solo together when things got a little crazy

Timmy O’Neill tells an epic story about his and Dean Potter climbing in Yosemite many years ago when they free-soloed a big route and had a close call.

Timmy O’Neill and Dean Potter after setting the record Photo John Dickey

In 2001, Potter and O’Neill set the-then speed record for The Nose on El Capitan in three hours and 24 minutes. The two were also the first climbers to link three grade-six big walls in Yosemite in under 24 hours.

Filmed by Gripped editor Brandon Pullan at the Bears Ears Education Center in Cedar Mesa in 2018 on a climbing trip with Patagonia.


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