Death – Obituaries : (MARKET NEWS) – Friends and families are mourning the death of Brad Gobright, a mountain climber who died after a climbing accident in El Potrero Chico, Mexico.
Brad Gobright, one of the most accomplished independent climbers on the planet, passed away, Wednesday, November 27, in a climbing mishap in El Potrero Chico, Mexico. He was 31, and was brought up in Orange County, California.
According to media reports, the accident happened around 4:30 pm Wednesday Brad Gobright and his partner Aiden Jacobson, 26, were simul-rappelling the seventh pitch on El Sendero Luminoso, a 15-pitch 5.12+ multi pitch on the front side of the El Toro formation.
According to Gino, who was three pitches (approximately 100 meters) above, Gobright and Jacobson were using an 80-meter rope and they had not tied knots in the end. Jacobson rappelled off the end of his rope, which unbalanced the system and sent Gobright into freefall that led to his death. RockandIce reported.
The following are some tributes posted on social media to honor the life and the legacy of the deceased.
Brad became one of my inspirations after learning of his somewhat almighty comeback from a 2016 fall. Climbing with a degenerative spine disease, sometimes stubbornness and grit are all that one has. Brad Gobright personifies both. Goofiness, too. ❤️✌️
— thrash funeral chapel (@exacerbater) November 28, 2019
Brad Gobright has died, aged 31. Most known for his speed ascents of big wall multi-pitches and free soloing. Recently Brad and Jim Reynolds were featured in Reel Rock 14 where they broke the The Nose speed record on El Capitan.https://t.co/44SRavsaTz#climbing #rockclimbing pic.twitter.com/2s4Fq4YPGp
— Climber News (@Climber_News) November 28, 2019
Such sad news. Brad showed us all how those performing at the top level can, and should, remain humble, compassionate and down to earth. This fall, when I was unexpectedly down a partner, he offered to rope up on the Rostrum with me (a route he had previously soloed a number of times). Needless to say, it was super rad watching him link 3 pitches together in the space of about 5 minutes.
However, while I took about as much time to dog the last pitch as he had taken to lead the entire route (probably longer) he was nothing but encouraging. Thanks Brad. Thank you for your kindness and your sense of humor. You set the example of how to be. You will be missed, and your positive impact on the tribe we call climbing will never be forgotten.
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