Dean Potter's Final Essay on Love and Adventure
J Thoendell stashed this in Outside
ean Potter wrote this essay on adventuring with his dog, Whisper, not long before he died in a BASE-jumping accident in Yosemite last spring. We’re publishing his words now, with the permission of his girlfriend, Jen Rapp, as a telling reflection of Potter’s values and love of the outdoors.
I adore that picture above of Whisper the dog on his back.
Our family is all Whisper has. She hates to be separated, especially if we’re going hiking. This morning, I gave her the choice of staying at camp, but she saw us packing and, true to her Queensland heeler bloodlines, filed into position between our heels and yipped and nipped at our shoelaces.
We’ve been staying in the Swiss Alps most of the summer. Jen has been flying back and forth with Whisper from our home in California every few weeks to keep on top of work obligations while simultaneously holding our family together. Whisper sits at Jen’s feet for the international flights and guides her safely across the borders. Not bad for a 22-pound pup: half the time along the Pacific Coast and mountains of California, and the other half yodeling the Sound of Music in alpine pastures and peaks.