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Who was Brad Gobright and how did the free solo climber die?


BRAD Gobright had been scaling cliffs since he was seven and held multiple speed ascent records.

We take a look at the free solo climber’s life and legacy.

 Brad Gobright, pictured scaling a different mountain, fell 1,000ft to his death from El Sendero Luminoso on Wednesday

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Brad Gobright, pictured scaling a different mountain, fell 1,000ft to his death from El Sendero Luminoso on WednesdayCredit: Instagram/bradgobright

Who was Brad Gobright?

Brad Gobright was a record-breaking American free solo climber.

Gobright, 31, Gobright was born in Orange County, California and began climbing when he was six.

He dropped out of university in 2009 to focus on his climbing career.

The veteran climber, of Orange County, California, had been scaling cliffs since he was seven and held multiple speed ascent records.

Among his biggest achievements was his October 2017 speed record for ascending the Nose route of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.

That climb is considered one of the world’s most technical and dangerous in the world.

He and climbing partner Jim Reynolds raced up the nearly vertical, 2,900ft rock face in just two hours and 19 minutes.

 Gobright, pictured on another terrifying climb, failed to tie a knot on the end of his rope - causing him to slip off the end

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Gobright, pictured on another terrifying climb, failed to tie a knot on the end of his rope – causing him to slip off the endCredit: Instagram/bradgobright

How did he die?

On 27 November 2019, Gobright fell about 300 meters to his death on the El Sendero Luminoso climb at El Potrero Chico in northern Mexico.

Gobright, 31, was rappelling down the sheer El Sendero Luminoso rock face at El Potrero Chico, near Monterrey, when he tragically slid off the end of his line.

He plunged 1,000ft to his death off a Mexican mountain on Wednesday – after failing to tie a crucial knot in his rope.

He had been scaling down the renowned cliff with Aiden Jacobson, 26, when he reportedly misjudged the length of rope he had left beneath him.

Gobright had only met Jacobson on the day of his death after posting an appeal for a climbing partner on Instagram the night before.

Jacobson, who was sharing the 260m rope with Gobright for the simultaneous rappel, miraculously survived after landing in a bushy crevice on the 2,500ft cliff.

The pair had misjudged how much rope was left beneath them, according to Jacobson – who was left with only a broken ankle from his fall.

He claimed Gobright slipped off the end of his side of the rope after failing to tie life-saving stopper knots in it – which would have been a guide to how much he had left to rappel down.

Gobright slipped from his side of the rope causing Jacobside, who was strapped to the other side, to also plunge, according to the surviving climber.

It’s thought Gobright may have neglected to tie a stopper knot on the end of his rope to stop the rope getting stuck.

Mexico’s Nuevo Leon state civil defense office said Gobright fell about 300 meters (984ft).

Gobright is believed to have landed near the bottom of the cliff on a ledge kown as Skull Amptheaer, according to the mag – which hailed him as “one of the most accomplished free solo climbers in the world.”

 Gobright was hailed as one of the world's most accomplished rock climbers

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Gobright was hailed as one of the world’s most accomplished rock climbersCredit: Youtube/Gramicci
Record breaking climber Brad Gobright in terrifying action

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