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Climbers like Brad Gobright straddle life and death. And we can't look away

One year ago   |   By The Guardian

Like it or not, death is the emotional counterweight that makes climbing's most important achievements stand out One month before decorated American climber Brad Gobright fell to his death in Mexico following a rappelling accident , I watched him joke about pushing past the point of safety while 2,850 feet above the surface of the Earth. In The Nose Speed Record , Gobright reviews film of himself dashing up the final pitch of El Capitan's iconic The Nose route on his way to capturing the most famous speed record in climbing. He greedily grabs bolts and anchors with one finger while his...
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