Photograph by Mikey Schafer, learn how he got the shot in our Extreme Photo of the Week gallery
Adventure: What were you thinking at this moment?
Dean Potter: On the highline my thoughts are simple and clear. Fundamental needs shine through the mental clutter. I focus completely on my breath, my connection with the line, and making it safely to the other side.
A: Where exactly are you and what are you doing? How high up are you?
D.P.: This highline was set up on the summit of Cathedral Peak, in Yosemite National Park, at an elevation of 10,911 feet.
A: Did the moon look like it does in the photo with the naked eye?
D.P.: Photographer Mikey Schaefer was taking the photographs from approximately 1.2 miles west of the highline. For him, the moon and myself looked exactly like you see it in this picture. From my vantage point on the summit of the Cathedral Peak, the moon was higher in the sky and it looked as the moon always looks to us mortals on the ground.
A: Looks like you don't have any protection. What would you have done if you had fallen?
D.P.: I’ve always been a "free soloist." Whatever I do, I long to be untethered and free. This desire for freedom goes far beyond the highline to every facet of life. Freedom is our most fundamental right. I am completely confident with my ability to catch the line if I were to fall. I’ve practiced this catch move successfully for the past 19 years.