Potter makes his hardest solo ever
Before leaving for the Dolomites, Dean Potter managed to make his hardest free solo ascent ever. The route is called Heaven and is, of course, situated in the Valley. First freed by Ron Kauk in the mid nineties, the climb was rated 5.12d/13a. Even a fall from the first move would be fatal, because the roof crack looms 2500 feet above the valley floor. According to Dean it’s “a free solo in a different league than any other”. It can be compared to Wolfgang Güllich’s accomplishement when he free-soloed Separate Reality, back in 1986.
The best free-solos done by Potter in Yosemite include: Astroman 5.11c, Blind Faith 5.11d, The Regular North Face of Rostrum 5.11c, Separate Reality 5.12a and Dog’s Roof 5.12b. He has also free-soloed routes in the mountains - the first ropeless solo of Fitz Roy, which he made in 2002, may be a good example.