‘He had a magic about him on the rock’: Free solo climber plunges to his death

An acclaimed free solo climber has died after falling 300m while trying to descend a cliff face in Mexico.

American climber Brad Gobright, 31, was abseiling down a cliff with Aidan Jacobson, 26, in El Potrero Chico, a popular climbing destination.

Both men fell as they made their descent, but Mr Jacobson escaped with an ankle injury while Mr Gobright fell to his death.

Brad Gobright was an experienced climber. Pic: Facebook
Image:Brad Gobright was an experienced climber. Pic: Facebook

The US State Department confirmed Mr Gobright had died and offered its “sincerest condolences” to his family.

“We are closely monitoring local authorities’ investigation and are providing all appropriate consular assistance. Out of respect to the family during this difficult time, we have no further comment,” it said.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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