March 22, 2023

Who is Brad Gobright? Free solo climber falls to his death; Bio, Wiki, Age, Height, Accident, Wife, Kids, Wife, Instagram

Brad Gobright Bio, Wiki

Brad Gobright was an American free solo climber. He was the recipient of the international acclaim for his daring free solo climbs and for having set a new speed record on The Nose up El Capitan in 2017 with Jim Reynolds. Brad Gobright died on Wednesday, November 27th, 2019, attempting to descend down the side of a cliff face in El Portero Chico, Mexico, a popular rock climbing destination in northern Mexico.

Brad Gobright Age

He died on Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 aged 31.

Brad Gobright Climber

Gobright was born in Orange County, California and began climbing when he was six. He dropped out of college in 2009, working odd jobs during winter and climbing during the rest of the year.

Gobright and Mason Earle made the first free ascent of The Heart Route on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in 2015.  In 2016, he and Scott Bennett climbed three routes – Zodiac, The Nose and Lurking Fear – on El Capitan in 24 hours. He and Jim Reynolds set a speed record of two hours 19 minutes and 44 seconds for The Nose on El Capitan in 2017. In 2018 he climbed what is known as the Yosemite Triple, Mt Watkins, El Cap and Half Dome in a day with Reynolds, and he also became one of the few who have managed to climb Salathé Wall free in a single day. Earlier this spring he completed single-day free ascents of The Shaft, El Niño Pineapple Express and Golden Gate. In June 2019, he made the second free ascent of El Niño on El Capitan in fourteen-and-a-half hours with Alex Honnold.

Brad Gobright Death & Cause (Accident while Descening a Cliff)

Brad Gobright died on Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 after falling fell around 300 meters (1,000 ft) while descending a cliff face in El Portero Chico, Mexico, a popular rock climbing destination in northern Mexico. He was traveling with fellow American climber Aidan Jacobson, who shared on Instagram on Noveber 13th that he was heading to the mountain for three weeks. Aidan Jacobson, 26, fell a shorter distance and survived with injuries.

The two men were simul-rappelling – a technique where two climbers descend opposite strands of an anchored rope, with their bodies acting as counterweights to each other – with an 80m rope, the Outside website reports.

“We started rapping,” Jacobson told the Outside website, using the North American term for abseiling. “I was a bit above him. I was on the left. He was on the right. Then all of a sudden, I felt a pop, and we started dropping.”

While Jacobson crashed through a bush, which cushioned his fall, before striking a ledge, Gobright fell to his death. “It was basically a blur,” Jacobson said. “He screamed. I screamed. I went through some vegetation, and then all I remember is seeing his blue Gramicci shirt bounce over the edge.”

Brad Gobright Tributes

Tributes to Gobright, who once held the coveted speed record on the Nose of El Capitan in Yosemite, have come in from across the climbing world.

“The climbing world lost a true light. Rest in peace,” wrote Alex Honnold, focus of the Academy Award-winning documentary Free Solo.

Alex Honnold paid tribute to the climber in an Instagram post. He wrote, “I’m so sorry to hear that @bradgobright just died in a climbing accident. 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. And for all of us who were so positively affected by his life. So crushing. Brad was a real gem of a man. For all his strengths and weaknesses (like his insanely strong fingers, or living out of a Honda Civic…) at the core, he was just a good guy. I guess there’s nothing really to say. I’m sad. The climbing world lost a true light. Rest in peace…”