Brad Gobright, a world-renowned rock climber recognized for his free solo ascents, fell to his demise Wednesday whereas rappelling off a mountain in Mexico. The California native was 31 years previous.
Together with Aidan Jacobson (pictured beneath inside an ambulance after the accident), Gobright had summited the 15-pitch El Sendero Luminoso route in El Potrero Chico, Nuevo León, Mexico. According to Rock and Ice, the 2 had been simul-rappelling downward when each fell — Jacobson simply 30 toes onto a ledge, Gobright some 1,000 toes to his demise.
Gobright’s earlier climbs included a free ascent with accomplice Alex Honnold of the El Niño route on Yosemite National Park. Honnold reacted to the “crushing” lack of a “warm, kind soul” on Thursday, calling his pal a “real gem of a man” on Instagram.
“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,” Honnold posted. “I’m just sad for Brad and his family.”
Gobright additionally made headlines in 2017 when he and Jim Reynolds set a velocity file on one of the crucial harmful components of El Capitan—the Nose.
“Thinking we could try for the record seemed crazy at first,” Gobright instructed the San Francisco Chronicle afterward. “It was this really big, big goal that seemed kind of out of reach. I think that’s why we wanted to do it.”
Honnold’s full tribute reads:
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