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California rock climber Brad Gobright dies in Mexico fall

California rock climber Brad Gobright died in a fall during a climb in northern Mexico this week, civil defense officials said.

The fall occurred Wednesday at the climbing venue known as Sendero Luminoso, an almost sheer rock face on the El Potrero Chico peak near the city of Monterrey.

The Nuevo Leon state civil defense office said Gobright fell about 300 meters.

The publication Rock and Ice described Gobright, 31, of Orange County, as “one of the most accomplished free solo climbers in the world.”

Mexican officials said Gobright was accompanied by another foreign climber when the accident occurred. The civil defense office described the area as “inaccessible.”

In a statement, the office said, “we extend our sympathies and support to the rock climbing community.”

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