Elite U.S. climber dies rappelling down rock face in Mexico - He spent ALMOST every day of his life doing exactly what he wanted to be doing

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oldTireWater

Incompetent as fuck
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/nation-world/ct-nw-rock-climber-brad-gobright-dies-mexico-20191130-kq4ya5gffrbjzcrcu5o4iwtzdy-story.html

Elite U.S. climber dies rappelling down rock face in Mexico
By Mark Stevenson and Stefanie Dazio

Associated Press |

Nov 29, 2019 | 10:10 PM

| MEXICO CITY

The El Potrero Chico peak in Hidalgo, Mexico, is seen in this undated handout photo. California free solo climber Brad Gobright was rappelling down with a companion when he fell to his death on, Nov. 27, 2019. (Nuevo Leon State Civil Defense Agency via AP)


The El Potrero Chico peak in Hidalgo, Mexico, is seen in this undated handout photo. California free solo climber Brad Gobright was rappelling down with a companion when he fell to his death on, Nov. 27, 2019. (Nuevo Leon State Civil Defense Agency via AP) (AP)

California rock climber Brad Gobright reportedly reached the top of a highly challenging rock face in northern Mexico and was rappelling down with a companion when he fell to his death.

Climber Aidan Jacobson of Phoenix, Arizona, told Outside magazine he was with Gobright, and said they had just performed an ascent of the Sendero Luminoso route in the El Potrero Chico area near the northern city of Monterrey. Jacobson also fell, but a shorter distance, after something went wrong in the “simul-rappelling” descent, the magazine said.

The technique involves two climbers balancing each other’s weight off an anchor point. In online forums, many climbers described the technique as difficult and potentially dangerous.

Civil defense officials in Nuevo Leon state said Gobright, 31, fell about 328 yards to his death on Wednesday. The magazine account described the fall as 600 feet. Jacobson suffered minor injuries, officials said.

Gobright’s body was recovered Thursday. The publication Rock and Ice described Gobright as "one of the most accomplished free solo climbers in the world."

In this handout photo, Survivor Aidan Jacobson sits inside an ambulance after he was rescued after falling from the El Potrero Chico peak in Hidalgo, Mexico. Jacobson was climbing with California free solo climber Brad Gobright who died in the fall, officials said. (Nuevo Leon State Civil Defense Agency via AP)


In this handout photo, Survivor Aidan Jacobson sits inside an ambulance after he was rescued after falling from the El Potrero Chico peak in Hidalgo, Mexico. Jacobson was climbing with California free solo climber Brad Gobright who died in the fall, officials said. (Nuevo Leon State Civil Defense Agency via AP) (AP)

Friends on Friday described him as a dedicated climber who would travel the West Coast, living out of his Honda Civic, following the weather on a diet of gas station food.

“In some ways, I think he was such a fixture of the climbing community and such a big character on the scene, I feel like I’ve always known him,” said his friend Alex Honnold, who was the first person to ascend Yosemite National Park’s granite wall known as El Capitan without ropes or safety gear.

“He spent almost every day of his life doing exactly what he wanted to be doing.”

Jacobson said the pair might not have evened out the length of the 88-yard rope between them, to ensure each had the same amount, because Gobright’s end was apparently tangled in some bushes near a ledge below them.

That might have caused Gobright to essentially run out of rope; without the balancing weight of the other climber, both would fall. Jacobson fell through some vegetation and onto a ledge they were aiming for, injuring his ankle.

The duo did not tie knots at the end of the rope that would have prevented Gobright from rappelling off the end of it, Jacobson told Outside magazine.

Honnold said he’d often climb with Gobright as they discussed weighty topics such as the rise of China and would trade books about the evolution of humankind.

“He was just interested in the world,” Honnold said.

Samuel Crossley, a climber and photographer, said he first met Gobright about three years ago while filming “Safety Third,” a film chronicling Gobright’s life as a free solo climber.

Crossley said Gobright took the photographer’s needs and perspective into his climbs, taking direction well so they could make good photographs during sunrise or sunset that would become some of Crossley’s favorites.

Despite being an elite climber, Crossley said Gobright enjoyed living out of his sedan, noting other elite climbers lived out of vans.

“Brad was Brad, that was the beauty of it,” Crossley said. When you’re hanging out with Brad, you’re typically climbing and having a good time.”


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These fucking people. Hubris.

The quotes are always the same: "full of life", "loved the world", "beautiful person", blah blah blah.
 
I thought that Honnold's time had finally come up reading the title.

Honestly it seems like doing free solo climbing just makes you less risk averse in general (or maybe something else does and that's a side effect). Not tying a knot at the end of your rope so you don't fly off the end of it into outer space seems like a simple thing to do but apparently this dude either forgot, or thought he had it under control. Which he did, right up until he didn't.

RIP.
 

Spiteful Crow

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Friends on Friday described him as a dedicated climber who would travel the West Coast, living out of his Honda Civic, following the weather on a diet of gas station food.
The duo did not tie knots at the end of the rope that would have prevented Gobright from rappelling off the end of it, Jacobson told Outside magazine.
I guess that's what happens when you let homeless dudes go mountain climbing. Just sayin'.
 

Thank Fuck For Evil Otto

He lived the life of a black man, authentically.
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When I saw a Dr. Geronimo posted the last comment on here for a moment I hoped that they had posted the article, and that they post only news about people falling or jumping. Each post ending with 'Geronimo!' Need coffee and brain.

The idea of living out of a Civic give my lanky ass claustrophobia. At least get a creeper van.
Sleeping in a car even for a day is miserable, even in a huge van its goddamn miserable, even a full-sized huge bus-home-thingie is fucking annoying! I don't know how people can do it. Short people need to stop.
 

Maxliam

You all disgust me.
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The idea of living out of a Civic give my lanky ass claustrophobia. At least get a creeper van.
Dude I'm not that tall and even I would freak out if I had to live in my civic. Apparently people are doing that shit with a Honda Fit because it's a hatchback and they lay out a matress in the back. Fuck that shit. seriously fuck that shit.
 

oldTireWater

Incompetent as fuck
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So like listening to Joe Rogaine but suspended on a cliff face hundreds of feet above the ground.
Yes, if Joe was a creepy alien mumbler incapable of eye contact, and his guest had all the character and breadth of experience of a ski-bum.
 
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