Well-known free-solo climber Brad Gobright (31) dies after falling 300 meters in ravine

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Brad Gobright, a respected American mountaineer, died tragically during a climbing trip in northern Mexico. 31-year-old Gobright was descending a steep and rocky mountain when things went wrong. Gobright fell 300 meters down.

Brad Gobright was one of the best ‘free climbers’ in the world. Instagram / Brad Gobright image

Brad Gobright, a respected American mountaineer, died tragically during a climbing trip in northern Mexico. 31-year-old Gobright was descending a steep and rocky mountain when things went wrong. Gobright fell 300 meters down.

The accident happened in El Potrero Chico, an area in the north of Mexico that is highly sought after by sports climbers from all over the world. Gobright did the descent together with a friend, Aidan Jacobsen, who was tied to him with a rope. His climbing partner also fell, but he was able to break his fall thanks to thickets. “ Brad didn’t evenly divide the rope for a short descent. I tried to give him more, but he said it wasn’t necessary. We started the joint descent and Brad ran out of rope, “said Jacobsen.

“ONE OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD”

Gobright’s favourite discipline was free-solo climbing, mountain climbing without ropes or other safety equipment. In 2017, he set the speed record on the ‘Nose’, an extremely tough climbing route on the infamous El Capitan, steep 900-meter rock in the Yosemite National Park in the US state of California. The trade magazine Rock and Ice called Gobright one of the best free-solo climbers in the world. 

Fellow climbers also show their condolences on social media. The world-famous Alex Honnold, who became known with a film about his climb from El Capitan, reacted shocked and described Gobright as a “warm and friendly person” and one of the nicest climbing partners to spend a day with. “Maybe something can be said about the safety of climbing and the risks, but that doesn’t really matter to me now. I am sad for Brad and his family, “says Honnold.

The steep mountainside in El Potrero Chico where the record climber fell. Image Wikipedia

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I’m so sorry to hear that @bradgobright just died in a climbing accident. He was such a warm, kind soul – one of a handful of partners that I always loved spending a day with. I suppose there’s something to be said about being safe out there and the inherent risks in climbing but I don’t really care about that right now. I’m just sad for Brad and his family. And for all of us who were so positively affected by his life. So crushing. Brad was a real gem of a man. For all his strengths and weaknesses (like his insanely strong fingers, or living out of a Honda Civic…) at the core he was just a good guy. I guess there’s nothing really to say. I’m sad. The climbing world lost a true light. Rest in peace…

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