Brad Gobright, Renowned Rock Climber, Is Dead After Fall in Mexico

Brad Gobright, Renowned Rock Climber, Is Dead After Fall in Mexico


Brad Gobright, an acclaimed American free solo climber, has died after falling nearly 1,000 feet while scaling a well-known route in Mexico, the authorities said.

Mr. Gobright, 31, fell to his death on Wednesday while climbing a rock known as El Sendero Luminoso, or the Shining Path, in the Potrero Chico national park in northern Mexico, the Mexican civil defense authorities said in a statement on Thursday.

Mr. Gobright, a native of California, was hailed as one of the world’s best free solo climbers, a technique that uses no ropes. He set a speed record in 2017 — 2 hours 19 minutes 44 seconds — at the popular climbing route called the Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. It has since been surpassed.

On Wednesday, he was rappelling with a climbing partner, Aidan Jacobson, when he fell. Mr. Jacobson survived the fall but sustained several injuries.





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