Free solo climber plunges to death off cliff face in Mexico

Rock climber Brad Gobright died after falling off the side of a cliff face in Mexico. Pic: Facebook

The rock climbing world is in a state of shock and sadness over the death of 31-year-old Brad Gobright.

Considered one of the world’s most accomplished rock climbers, Gobright died after a tragic accident in Mexico.

Reports suggest the American fell to his death after attempting to scale the side of a cliff face in El Portero Chico, Mexico.

The news was met with an outpouring of grief on social media.

The Nuevo León Civil Protection Authority said Gobright was climbing with fellow American Aidan Jacobson, when both men fell.

It's understood Gobright was killed after falling about 300m, while Jacobson was lucky to escape with non-life-threatening injuries after plummeting a shorter distance.

Gobright was an accomplished “free solo climber,” a type of climbing where climbers climb without the aid of ropes, harnesses or other protective equipment.

However, Gobright and Jacobson were understood to be using ropes at the time of the accident.

Free solo climbing rose to prominence after the 2018 Academy Award-winning documentary Free Solo, which followed Alex Honnold on his quest to scale the 3,000 feet (914m) El Capitan rock formation in Yosemite National Park without a rope.

Honnold himself posted a touching tribute to Gobright, describing the American as a "warm, kind soul – one of a handful of partners that I always loved spending a day with.”

With agencies