National Geographic : 2012 Feb
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ON TV • PHOTOS: JIMMY MARTINELLO TOP ; STAN BOUSSON, NGC For listings go to natgeotv.com and natgeowild.com. Wild Mississippi Prepare for a rollicking ride in this new series, which explores North America's biggest river system and celebrates the wildlife---from bobcats to boars to great gray owls (above)---living within it. Dean Potter gets ready for a flight atop the Stawamus Chief dome in Squamish, British Columbia. THIS MONTH Human Flight Climber and BASE jumper Dean Potter has dropped 8,900 feet in the Swiss Alps, setting the record by soaring in his wing suit for just under three minutes. Now he aims even higher: to jump from Mount Bute, a 9,200-foot peak that towers near the British Columbia coastline. Follow Potter from his base in Yosemite to Florida, where he's fitted for a new, custom-made wing suit, and to Montana, where he gets tips from a bird biologist. Training is intense. Techniques must be perfect. Will the plan take flight? Tune in to the National Geographic Channel to find out.