World's Fastest Big Wall Climber!

BRAD GOBRIGHT

Date of birth: Feb 1980 (Age 37)

Date of Death: 11.27.2019

Location: New Hampshire

Current: Boulder, Colorado

Height: 5ft 7in (1.70 m)

Weight: 152lb (69 kg)

Profession: Rock Climbing & Business Owner

Hardest Bouldering Grade: V13 (8b)

Hardest Redpoint Grade:  5.14d+  

Hardest Trad: 5.14c 8c+ / 5.14c / E10

Hardest Free Solo: Hairstyles & Attitudes - 5.12c 350'

Speed Record up the Nose: 2:19:44

Favorite Music: Lady Gaga

Favorite Movie: Cria Cuervos

Sponsors: Gramicci

"Climbing is my life and whether I’m feeling good or bad in the moment, I feel at home when I’m doing it!"

Brad Gobright was an American rock climber, who briefly held the speed record for the Nose of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley National Park, California with Jim Reynolds.  In addition, Gobright has free soloed a number of noteworthy routes, including Hairstyles & Attitudes in Eldorado, Colorado, and the Rostrum in Yosemite Valley.  

TRAGEDY STRIKES 

11.27.2019. 

BRAD GOBRIGHT

FREE SOLIST, Brad Gobright, 31, was killed in a simul-rappelling accident in El Potrero Chico, Mexico.  Simul-rappelling is when two climbers descend the same rope on opposite strands that are fed through a rappel anchor.  This technique is rarely used for safety reasons.  A lot can go wrong and it must be done correctly or disaster can happen.  1) the rope should be centered with equal lengths 2) a knot should be tied into either end to prevent rappelling off.  But they didn't adhere either of these rules.  

When the news broke that Brad Gobright was dead, many in the climbing community were deeply saddened, but at the same time, most were not surprised.  Brad was a risk-taker and was willing to accept the consequences.  He just didn't think he would go that way.  And neither did his partner, Aidan Jacobson, 26, from Phoenix, Arizona, who survived.

“My first thought was that some anchor bolts had blown.  

I was worried I was going to get pulled off the edge by Brad, so I grabbed onto a rock and held on tight for 30 seconds.”

BRAD GOBRIGHT & JIM REYNOLDS PODCAST

 Available on Apple Podcast

"I've been scared on a rope plenty of times, but if you're scared soloing, you're not doing it right.

You should go down."

BRAD GOBRIGHT VIDEOS

Dreefee 5.13d is one of the hardest big wall routes (10 pitches) in Red Rock Canyons, just 30 minutes out of Las Vegas, Nevada, on a magnificent sandstone cliff known as Rainbow Wall.   It was hardest multi-pitch route that Brad Gobright and Ben Hanna have ever done. 

"Probably the raddest wall of them all is the Rainbow Wall, which located in the back of Juniper Canyon.   There's this line that goes up the center known as Dreefee.   Last year I took a nasty slip down the base, fell about 60', broke my ankle really bad.   I had to crawl my way out of the canyon.  It took me about 5 hours.  It was probably one of the hardest things I've ever done.   So I'm back this year for redemption!"

Brad Gobright and Scott Bennett became the third party to complete three El Cap routes in a single day, linking together Zodiac, the Nose, and Lurking Fear in 23 hours and 10 minutes.

“If I had to pick the spot where I was the most exhausted and scared it would probably be the steep crack pitches on Lurking Fear.” 

 Brad Gobright and Scott Bennett have set a new speed record on The Naked Edge (5.11), climbing the 460 foot route in a blistering 26 minutes and 16 seconds. Their climb was 15 seconds faster than the previous record set by Jason Wells and Stefan Griebel.

On October 10, 2017, Brad Gobright and Jim Reynolds smashed The Nose Speed Record by shaving 4 minutes off the previous record set by Hans Florine and Alex Honnold. Gobright and Reynolds completed the 880m valley classic in 2 hours, 19 minutes and 44 seconds ( 2:19:44 )

" Jim and I work together really well. Jim isn't well known, but he's a dark horse. I led the first block, but Jim led the second, harder block and he got it done ."

Jim Reynolds co-record holder for the fastest time up The Nose.

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