Extreme adventurer Dean Potter BASE jumps off Swiss mountain, takes dog for the ride

extreme adventurer dean potter base jumps off swiss mountain takes dog for the ride and whisper jump
Whisper, the world's first BASE jumping dog, is securely attached to her owner.

As the saying goes, a dog is a man’s best friend. And as their best friends, that means, for many men, bringing their dogs with them wherever they go – even if it’s BASE jumping off a 13,000-foot cliff. No, it’s not some bizarre new suicide ritual, but that’s what legendary adventurer Dean Potter did with his dog, Whisper. National Geographic profiled Potter in a feature story about adrenaline junkies, and posted a short video excerpt that shows Potter doing a BASE jump with Whisper in tow.

According to Nat Geo, Potter, 42, hails from Yosemite, Calif. and has been participating in extreme sports for more than 20 years. From mountain climbing to BASE jumping, Potter has pretty much done it all, so he wanted to explore his fantasy of performing a jump with his dog. 

Whisper is a four-year-old Australian Cattle Dog that has faithfully been at Potter’s side through many hikes and climbs, but this is the first time she got to truly understand what her owner experiences when he performs his death-defying jumps. Using a wing-suit and a backpack pet carrier equipped with many safety straps, Potter and Whisper soar majestically through the skies after jumping from the 13,025-foot Eiger Mountain in Switzerland. Potter recorded the in-flight videos of Whisper with a GoPro cam attached to his helmet.

The flight and the landing were both pretty smooth – Potter is a pro, of course. After leaving the carrier, an excited Whisper jumps all over Potter’s girlfriend as if to say, “That was so much fun, I wanna go again!”

Of course, the stunt has already garnered some negative responses, with some people suggesting what Potter did was animal cruelty.

Read more about Potter and his “flying dog” Whisper in this Q&A with National Geographic

(Via Picture Correct)


Fisker failed. But now the EV pioneer is ready for an epic redo

Henrik Fisker has already had a career most executives can only dream about. He designed the BMZ Z8, a couple of Aston Martins, and his own Fisker Karma. But he’s got a plan to disrupt the auto industry, forged by lessons learned over the…

Everything you need to know about Garmin’s GPS watches and trackers

Garmin jumped into the GPS smartwatch and fitness tracker market five years ago and has built a portfolio of devices that rivals competitor Fitbit. Here's your guide to the latest and greatest fitness devices that Garmin has to offer.
Movies & TV

He created comics, movies, and superheroes. But Stan Lee lived for joy

Stan Lee was a creator, a celebrity, an icon, and beneath it all, a real-life good guy with all the same human qualities that made his superheroes so relatable. And his greatest joy was sharing his creations with the world.
Digital Trends Live

Hip-hop artist Rakeem Miles talks musical upbringing, ‘Dante’s Toys’

Rakeem Miles may be best known for his musical endeavors, but he's looking to change that with his forthcoming animated show. On Monday's DT Daily, we discuss Miles' origins, what drives his passions, his favorite superhero, and more.

Alpha Female: Sony awards five women grants to support artisan diversity

Women can face several challenges in launching a photography career -- Sony's latest initiative aims to help propel women in the industry forward. Sony recently announced the winners of the Alpha Female program.
Emerging Tech

The best drone photos from around the world

Most of today's drones come equipped with high-end cameras, which are quickly revolutionizing the world of aerial photography as we know it. Here are some of the best drone photos from around the world.
Product Review

Fewer pixels, better camera? The Nikon Z6 shows the beauty of restraint

The Nikon Z6 is the sibling to the new mirrorless Z7 -- but for some photographers, the cheaper Z6 may be the better option. Read where the $2,000 camera beats the $3,400 one (and where it doesn’t) in our Nikon Z6 review.
Social Media

Build a wish list and shop videos with Instagram’s latest shopping update

Eyeing a product on Instagram? Now there are more ways to shop from the social network. Instagram just rolled out options to save products in a collection as users can also now shop from videos.

See the National Forests like never before in these awe-inspiring drone videos

What's the difference between a National Park and a National Forest? Drones. With no ban on drones in National Forests -- at least, not yet -- filmmakers have a way to capture the immensity of these locations with stunning results.
Product Review

With outstanding image quality, the ‘basic’ Sony A7 III excels in every way

Replacing the four-year-old A7 II as the new entry-level model in Sony's full-frame line, the A7 III is an impressively capable camera that gives more expensive models a run for their money.
Social Media

Addicted to Instagram? Its new ‘activity dashboard’ is here to help

Ever get that nagging feeling you're spending too much time on Instagram? Well, a new "activity dashboard" has a bunch of features designed to help you better control how you use the addictive photo-sharing app.

Photography news: Best spot for fall photos, new firmware from Fuji and Nikon

Where's the best spot to take fall photos? Michigan, according to social media and a Nikon contest. The results and more in this week's photography news, including significant firmware updates for the Fujifilm X-T3, X-H1, and GFX 50S.

How to take great photos with the Pixel 3, the best camera phone around

You’ve scored yourself a new Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL, and you want to take advantage of that incredible camera. We’ve got everything you need to know right here about how to snap the best photos with your Pixel 3.
Emerging Tech

DJI Mavic 2 Pro vs Mavic 2 Zoom: What’s the real difference?

DJI's Mavic 2 series drones are ready to fly -- but which one is right for you? The Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom are nearly identical save for their cameras. Here's what you need to know about these powerful new UAVs.