Brad Gobright, a world-renowned rock climber identified for his free solo ascents, fell to his demise Wednesday whereas rappelling off a mountain in Mexico. The California native was 31 years previous.
Along with Aidan Jacobson (pictured under 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 have been simul-rappelling downward when each fell — Jacobson simply 30 ft onto a ledge, Gobright some 1,000 ft to his demise.
Gobright’s earlier climbs included a free ascent with partner Alex Honnold of the El Niño route on Yosemite Nationwide Park. Honnold reacted to the “crushing” lack of a “warm, kind soul” on Thursday, calling his buddy 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 speed record on one of the most dangerous parts of El Capitan—the Nostril.
“Thinking we could try for the record seemed crazy at first,” Gobright informed 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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