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Fatal climbing accident in Potrero Chico, Mexico - Brad Gobright

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Tim Stich · · Colorado Springs, Colorado · Joined Jan 2001 · Points: 1,482

From the Potrero Chico Facebook group, translated from Spanish.

Foreign climbers fell from an approximate height of 200 meters on the route called "Shining Path" aka El Sendero Luminoso.

HIDALGO.- A man died and another was seriously injured when both fell from an approximate height of 200 meters in the place known as Potrero Chico, in the municipality of Hidalgo.
The accident occurred when both climbers of American origin practiced the sport of ropes in an area or route known as "Shining Path", however they would have fallen without so far determining the causes.

The area is difficult to access, although rescue forces such as Civil Protection of Nuevo León have already reached the location of the injured person.
Meanwhile, they will look for ways to get to where the remains of the climber who died, who was only identified as Brad Gobright, 32, are located.

It was reported that there is communication difficulty on the site, as well as high-speed wind gusts, which is why this could have been the cause of the climbers' fall.
The place of Potrero Chico is frequented by climbers of all levels to be recognized as one of the best places worldwide to perform such sport and therefore the risk on some routes is also high.

Original article in Mexico newspaper:
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This is from the Mexican first responder's FB page. It's the injured partner, who appears alert.

"Aidan Jacobson of 26 years of Phoenix, Arizona, who has injuries to the right ankle and various parts of the body."

https://www.facebook.com/rayelizalder/

Chad Silva · · Arlington, VA · Joined Oct 2018 · Points: 62

I think this might be Brad Gobright.

He had an IG story looking for a partner to climb 5.12+ stuff yesterday, and has been climbing in Potero.

Fuck.

"Pass the Pitons" Pete Zabrok · · Oakville, Ontario · Joined Dec 2007 · Points: 645

Yes, it was Brad Gobright.   :(

RIP buddy...I will never forget you telling off that touron who stopped at the triangle in El Cap Meadow and blocked the road.  

Tim Stich · · Colorado Springs, Colorado · Joined Jan 2001 · Points: 1,482

Very sorry to hear, man. 

mpech · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2013 · Points: 2

wow. shit. 

Tank Evans · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 135

I hope this is not the case, if so, RIP Brad.
Pretty f-ing sick of this 

Gumby the White · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2019 · Points: 91

RIP. It's been a rough year for climbers.

Kelly Lawrence · · Boulder, CO · Joined Nov 2017 · Points: 25

He was looking for a partner? As in this was a roped accident? The article does say the deceased climber was identified as "Brad." Fuck. 

Cole D · · Sydney, NSW, AU · Joined Sep 2017 · Points: 156

Fuck

Mark Fiji · · Los Angeles, CA · Joined Mar 2016 · Points: 45

OMG.
RIP

Daniel Kay · · Boulder, CO · Joined Sep 2014 · Points: 31

Telediario has updated their article to confirm that the dead climber is indeed Brad Gobright, 32 years old.

RIP.

Thom Colbert · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2018 · Points: 0

FUCK. I hope this isn't real. 

Dave Meyer · · Ventura · Joined Jun 2011 · Points: 55

Brad was a friend and a hero of mine. Go easy brother.

Chad N · · Victor Idaho · Joined Jan 2010 · Points: 2,162

Oh no, so sad, Brad is one of my favorite climbers, I met Brad in Yosemite a couple years ago. Really humble and great guy.

Will be missed. RIP Brad Gobright. Condolences to family & friends. I’ll be thinking about ya 

seamus mcshane · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2013 · Points: 205

fuck shit piss

hangontightly letgolightly · · Unknown · Joined Nov 2008 · Points: 10

This is just terrible. Unbelievable so sad

Matt Desenberg · · Limerick, ME · Joined Dec 2007 · Points: 160

Fuck. Terrible.
Not that it’s important at the moment, but I wonder what happened

Russ B · · Salt Lake City, UT · Joined Jun 2011 · Points: 56
A man died and another was seriously injured when both fell from an approximate height of 200 meters.

That doesn't make sense. It will be interesting to see what details we can get. It's sobering when black belt trad climbers die from some kind of system failure and fall hundreds of meters. Reminds me of the accident on Freerider last summer. 
Nick Sweeney · · Spokane, WA · Joined Jun 2013 · Points: 777

Rest easy, Brad

Kelly Lawrence · · Boulder, CO · Joined Nov 2017 · Points: 25
Russ B wrote:
That doesn't make sense. It will be interesting to see what details we can get. It's sobering when black belt trad climbers die from some kind of system failure and fall hundreds of meters. Reminds me of the accident on Freerider last summer. 

I saw some photos posted on the Texas Climbers Group, from a Mexican media site that shows and names the partner. He looked really upset but seemed mostly unscathed physically. Very curious what happened. I presume the partner will be able to share when he is emotionally ready to do so. 

Crotch Robbins · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2003 · Points: 192

Go brightly into the night, Brad. 

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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