California rock climber Brad Gobright died after falling off a mountain in northern Mexico, according to media reports on Friday, Nov. 29.
Gobright was performing an ascent of the Sendero Luminoso route in the El Potrero Chico area with climber Aidan Jacobson of Phoenix, Arizona, before both of them fell.
Jacobson crashed into a bush, which stopped him from tumbling farther.
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.
According to media reports, civil defense officials in the northeastern state of Nuevo León said Gobright, 31, fell about 300 meters to his death on Wednesday, Nov. 27.
Gobright’s body was recovered the following day.
The publication Rock and Ice described Gobright as “one of the most accomplished free solo climbers in the world.”