Brad Gobright, 31, a world-renowned American free solo climber fell around 300m (1,000ft) to his death in El Potrero Chico in northern Mexico.
He was best known for climbing without any safety gear. Gobright was abseiling down an almost sheer rock face known as Sendero Luminoso on the El Potero Chico peak near the northern city of Monterrey on Wednesday. His companion, fellow climber Aidan Jacobson, 26, fell a shorter distance and survived with injuries. They were abseiling, a technique using ropes. Abseiling accidents are believed to be the most common cause of fatalities in the sport. It is unclear exactly what happened that caused Gobright to fall.
Born in California in 1988, Gobright first started climbing at the age of six. He worked odd jobs to fund his climbs around North America, before his talent began to attract sponsorship deals. Alex Honnold, feature of the Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo, shared a tribute to Gobright on Instagram. „He was such a warm, kind soul - one of a handful of partners that I always loved spending a day with. 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. I’m just sad for Brad and his family,” he said. Gobright’s best-known solo climb was a notoriously difficult route known as Hairstyles and Attitudes on the Bastille in Eldorado Canyon, Colorado.