A world-renowned US rock climber, Brad Gobright, fell to his death while climbing a sheer rock face in northern Mexico, authorities said on Thursday.
Gobright, 31, and fellow American Aidan Jacobson, 26, were climbing a route known as the Shining Path in the northern state of Nuevo Leon on Wednesday when they fell, the state’s emergency response agency said in a statement.
Witnesses said the men had finished climbing the 900m summit and were rappelling back down when the accident occurred.
Jacobson landed on a rock outcrop, but Gobright bounced off and fell another 300m to his death, they said.
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These are some shots taken on the desert road trip I took last week. The trip was ten days long and we sampled different types of climbing. Long, short, winggate, solidified mud, exposed calcite, scary basalt. We climbed trad, sport and even bouldered. Some times it was very hot and other times it was very cold. We slept in the dirt, the back of vans and fancy hotel rooms. At times things got very chaotic but at other times it was calm and silent as I stared off into the vast openness. The trip wasn’t really about projecting and sending hard. It was more about getting variety in a relatively short amount of time. I hadn’t taken a trip like this in a really long time and it was actually a very refreshing experience. I’m teaming up with @gramicci_climb to make a short film about the trip. Pic 1: The Six Star Crack @tradisplaid Pic 2: Castleton Tower Pic 3: @alicehafer on Castleton Tower Pic 4: @maison.deschamps in The Fisher Towers Pic 5: @maison.deschamps Pic 6: Monument Valley. @evolv_worldwide @frictionlabs
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“Jacobson suffered lesions on his right ankle and various parts of his body. He was treated at our base,” the statement said.
Gobright “lost his life after falling around 300 metres.”
The late rock climber was known for his gravity-defying solo ascents with no ropes.