Brad Gobright Dies in Climbing Accident

Brad Gobright is an acclaimed free solo climber who died on Wednesday on attempts to descend down the side of a cliff face in El Portero Chico, Mexico.

Gobright, 31, travelled with fellow American free climber Aidan Jacobson, 26.

Jacobson have shared on his Instagram that he will be traversing the said mountain for three weeks. The pair appeared to have started climbing together after.

While the pair were descending at around 3:30 in the afternoon on Wednesday, they fell from their route down the side of the cliff, as confirmed by state police Civil Protection Nuevo Leon to NBC News.

Brad Gobright fell 300 meters to his death, while Aidan Jacobson fell at a shorter distance and only injured an ankle and several parts of his body.

Witness have stated that Gobright and Jacobson were using an 80-meter rope that wasn’t tied in knots at the ends.

Several rock climbers have commented that the accident was caused by failing to tie the knots at the ends of the rope while rapelling.

“Such an unnecessary tragedy, this stuff pisses me off. Failing to tie knots at the end of your ropes when rappelling. It takes literally 5 seconds. This guy was a badass and inspiration, and now he’s tragically gone, from a careless mistake,” said a tweet from Accidental Fire.

“He had a magic about him on the rock, unlike anyone I’ve ever met,” wrote Alice Hafer, one of Gobright’s climbing partners. “He was so supportive and encouraging, always pushing me harder and believing in me. I can’t believe that not even a few weeks ago he was sitting next to me as we drove home from Arizona. I’ll cherish those moments always. He will be so missed, forever. Love you always Brad.”

 

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