American Rock Climber Brad Gobright Has Died After A Fall In Northern Mexico.
American rock climber Brad Gobright has died after a fall in Northern Mexico. It is a public secret that rock climbers always have to risk it all in chase of a passion that’s deeply rooted in them than anything you’ve ever imagined in the world and that’s the exhilarating feeling of freedom gained after a challenging climb either in a free solo or abseiling or rappeller mode.
It’s because of this burning passion that can’t easily be satisfied or quenched by a simple hiking challenge that they have always dared to do what to many seems quite simply impossible. In so doing, many of these guys have paid the ultimate price which is losing their lives while attempting to rapell or try a free solo on a cliff that is almost a flawless and smooth as a baby’s skin.
Today I write this article deeply saddened by the death of one of the greatest hikers the world has ever had, Brad Gobright. Brad met his death doing what he knows best and that’s to climb rock edges. He died on Wednesday at Sendero Luminoso in El Potrero Chico, the nation’s civil protection agency said. At the time of his death, Brad Gobright was with his friend and fellow climber Jacobson simul- abseiling or rappelling (as the Americans call it) in El Potrero. Simul-abseiling is a rock climbing technique used when 2 climbers descend a rock cliff using the end strands of a rope that has been anchored and their own body weights acting as counterbalances to each other.
Jacobson said we started rapping, I was a bit above him, I was on the left. He (Brad Gobright) on the right. All of a sudden I had a pop, and we started dropping. It was basically a blur, he screamed, I screamed, I fell through vegetation all I could remember is seeing his blue Gramicci shirt bounce off the edge of a cliff before falling almost 985meters below to his death
Jacobson crashed into a bush, which broke his fall and stopped him from tumbling farther. “It pretty much saved his life,” the friend, Ryan Borys, said. Jacobson told him he saw Gobright fall past him and over the ledge.
Rescuers retrieved his body Thursday and Jacobson was treated for the injuries he had sustained to his ankle and other parts of his body.
The State Department confirmed Gobright’s death in Mexico. “We offer our sincerest condolences to his family on their loss. We are closely monitoring local authorities’ investigation and are providing all appropriate consular assistance. Out of respect to the family during this difficult time, we have no further comment,” it said.
Heartfelt condolences from the rock climbing world.
Ever since the news about Brad’s death broke out, heartfelt condolences have been pouring out on social media as well mainstream media channels to the family of Gobright especially form his fellow climbing partners, friends and the climbing fraternity world over.
Axel Hannold, who was the major focus in the Free Solo an award-winning documentary in which Brad also featured paid tribute to brad in an Instagram post in which he said
“He was such a warm, kind soul – one of a handful of partners that I always loved spending a day with,” he posted. “… 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. The climbing world lost a true light.”
Alice Hafer, one of Gobright’s climbing partners, described her shock at news of his death.
“He had a magic about him on the rock, unlike anyone I’ve ever met,” she said. “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.”
A preview of Brads climbing prowess
Born in Orange County California, United States, Brad began climbing as early as 6 years and in 2009, he dropped out of college to fully concentrate on rock climbing. He managed to survive by doing several odd jobs especially during winter and then engaged in all sorts of rock climbing for the remaining part of the year.
In 2015, Brad and Mason Earle made the first free ascent of the Heart route on El Capitan in Yosemite National park in the United States of America. The following year of 2016, Gobright was back to El Capitan again this time around with another climbing partner Scott Bennet and they managed to climb 3 different routes of the rock namely Zodiac, The Nose and Lurking Fear and they did it in a record 24 hours. Brad wasn’t finished yet with El Capitan because in 2017, he returned to El Capitan with Jim Reynolds and together they managed to climb the rock’s Nose route in a record-breaking time of 2 hours, 19 minutes and 44 seconds.
A few months back in June 2019, together with another rock climbing god Alex Hannold, he made the second free ascent of El Niño on El Capitan in fourteen-and-a-half hours.
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