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    Brad Gobright Dies in Accident in El Potrero Chico, Mexico

    Brad Gobright, one of the most accomplished free solo climbers in the world, died today, Wednesday, November 27, in an accident in El Potrero Chico, Mexico. He was 31, and raised in Orange County, CA.

    Rock and Ice’s original reporting was based on details of the accident from Joel Heriberto Guadarrama Garcia, a Mexican climber and route developer who splits his time between El Potrero Chico and El Salto. Garcia received information from one of the only witnesses to the accident, a Costa Rican climber named Gino Negrini.

    Since then Rock and Ice has received more firsthand knowledge of the accident from Aidan Jacobson, Gobright’s partner on the climb. Jacobson relayed the info through his good friend and coworker Ryan Borys, who has been in close contact with Jacobson since last night. Both Jacobson and Borys work at AZ on the Rocks, a climbing gym in Phoenix, Arizona.

    At 3:40 pm, Gobright and Jacobson, 26, were simul-rappelling the seventh pitch on El Sendero Luminoso, a 15-pitch 5.12+ multi pitch on the front side of the El Toro formation. They were using an 80 meter rope and didn’t tie knots in the ends.

    Borys forwarded the following message he received from Aidan Jacobson to Rock and Ice: “Brad set up the rope for a short rappel and didn’t use the middle point. I tried to pull more rope on Brads side but he said he was fine. We started simul rapping and Brad rapped off his rope.”

    Jacobson told Borys that he fell 30 feet, hit a large ledge at the top of pitch five (where climbers who ascend the route in multiple days usually bivy) and managed to stop himself before rolling over. Even still, he came to a stop partially over the edge. Jacobson was still connected to the rope with his belay device and a prusik.

    Gino Negrini, who was three pitches above (approximately 100 meters), heard screams and saw Gobright fall. [An earlier version of this article stated that he saw both men fall, but Negrini has clarified that he only saw Gobright fall, and saw Jacobson standing on the bivy ledge.] Evidently Gobright hit the ledge and continued past it, coming to a stop considerably farther down towards the bottom of the route, on a ledge in an amphitheater known as the Skull Amphitheater. The team’s rope pooled on the fifth pitch bivy ledge near Jacobson.

    Negrini believed he saw Jacobson rappel off his end of the rope before Gobright—as a prior version of this article reported—but Jacobson’s account, as well as the rope having pooled on the ledge, dispute this.

    Negrini and his partner rappelled down to the fifth pitch ledge and helped Jacobson reach the ground. Jacobson suffered no broken bones or any other serious injuries.

    More details are sure to come in the following days and weeks following the recovery of Gobright’s body by search and rescue and a further analysis of the equipment.


    Brad Gobright arrived in El Potrero Chico just several days before his death on El Sendero Luminoso. Joel Heriberto Guaddarrama Garcia, the climber who provided the details of the accident to Rock and Ice, picked Gobright and a cohort of American climbers up at the airport in Monterrey and shuttled them to Potrero.

    “I arrived with Brad in Potrero at 3:40 in the afternoon,” Garcia says, “and Brad just dropped his bag, and fifteen minutes later went and free soloed Yankee Clipper“—a 15-pitch 5.12a on the Jungle Wall.

    That was what Gobright did—he soloed, and he soloed big. While his most well-known solo was likely Hairstyles and Attitudes, a notoriously difficulty 5.12b/c on the Bastille, Eldorado Canyon, Colorado, Gobright frequently went out and soloed large walls and numbers of pitches. He had soloed the Rostrum in Yosemite many times, long routes in the Sierra, and traded a friendly speed-record on the 2,000-foot Epinephrine, Red Rocks, Las Vegas, with Alex Honnold.

    But the speed record he was better known for was on the Nose. On October 12, 2017, Gobright, along with partner Jim Reynolds, broke the coveted speed record on the Nose, El Capitan Yosemite, blazing up the 3,000-foot route in 2 hours 19 minutes 44 seconds. That record was broken in 2018 by Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell. Another speed linkup of note: In 2016, along with Scott Bennett, Gobright climbed three El Cap Routes in 23 hours 10 minutesZodiac, the Nose and Lurking Fear.

    Beyond speed and soloing, Gobright was also a phenomenally talented free climber while tied into a rope. In Yosemite, he had freed El Cap by numerous routes. In spring 2018, he made a thirteen-hour free ascent of the Salathé Wall.  In June 2015, Gobright joined forces with Mason Earle to establish Heart Route (VI 5.13b V10) (Earle freed everything, Gobright everything save the V10 dyno). In October 2018, Gobright freed El Corazon in 19 hours, telling Rock and Ice afterward, “Super varied climbing with quite a number of scary sections … Significantly harder than Salathé in a day in my opinion.”

    Spring 2019 was maybe Gobright’s biggest El Cap season yet. On May 8 he made a free ascent of the Muir Wall (VI 5.13c) via The Shaft in 17.5 hours. He noted afterward on Instagram, “I’ve never fought so hard for anything in my life and I can say it’s maybe my proudest send yet. I ended up doing the final 13c pitch on top rope. By that point the headlamps and come out and I was drained to deal with the fear of whipping on small RPs.”

    Then in June, Gobright and Alex Honnold made the second completely free ascent of El Niño (VI 5.13c) via the three-pitch Pineapple Express variation established by Honnold and Sonnie Trotter in 2018.

    Gobright was at the cutting edge with single-pitch trad, too, having climbed test pieces like Carbondale Short Bus (5.14- R), Indian Creek, Utah.

    The outpouring of grief from the climbing community and beyond has been immense and swift. Close friend and climbing partner Alex Honnold wrote on Instagram: “I’m so sorry to hear that @bradgobright just died in a climbing accident. He was such a warm, kind soul – one of a handful of partners that I always loved spending a day with. I suppose there’s something to be said about being safe out there and the inherent risks in climbing but I don’t really care about that right now. I’m just sad for Brad and his family. And for all of us who were so positively affected by his life. So crushing. Brad was a real gem of a man. For all his strengths and weaknesses (like his insanely strong fingers, or living out of a Honda Civic…) at the core he was just a good guy. I guess there’s nothing really to say. I’m sad. The climbing world lost a true light. Rest in peace…”

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    Fyre Festival – Wtf happened?

    WTF happened? The promotional video for this event looked epic. The making of the event based on the Netflix footage looked epic. The event however was such a big fail.

    How could such a great idea fail so hard? The event was even sold out… so by now we already know they fucked up. Netflix pretty much put all the blame on Billy McFarland. The guy is definitely a shady dude, selling fake tickets and lying to investors… but I do think he did believe he could pull off delivering an epic event, well until he couldn’t in the end…

    In hindsight, if they would’ve just listened to the pilot who suggested using cruise ships… 90% of their problems could have been solved.

    At least in the end instead of entertaining thousands, Fyre it entertained MILLIONS 😂

    Also don’t feel to bad for the lady that didn’t get paid and lost $50,000. She has raised over $160,000 via gofundme. For the local workers on the other hand… I haven’t heard a fundraiser for them. 

    Also here’s some awesome memes that the internet has come up with. 

    Team player of the century
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    #PWDMFP is the annual pregame for Coachella. Every year the boys at 1852 S Bentley Ave throws down one of my favorite parties in LA. With no doubt they always get the partied decked out with sponsors and good people. This year Stillhouse and Zirkova kept the alcohol flowing all day and night. Although we had a run in with the cops midday we were able to keep the party going in there epic basement.

    I’ll let the photos tell the story…

    Cracking the Stillhouse open

    Bottles for everyone

    Zirkova came through with the Vodka

    DJCJ checking out the cool containers

    The cops came… but Yasha somehow saved the day.

    So we moved the party to the basement

    With the GOSHFATHER on the decks. 

    See you guys again next year! P.S. The rest of the pictures are up on the facebook page. Please remember to like the page 😛

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    30 Things You Didn’t Know The Use For

    Unless you’re irrationally inquisitive, there’s a number of features on things that you use every day that you probably never even noticed. However, these things aren’t always just for show and have an intended purpose. Here are 16 things you didn’t know the use for.

    1. Lots of little things in life actually have some pretty useful tricks behind them that can significantly help us live much easier lives. For instance, anyone who regularly boils up a pot of pasta will be familiar with a spaghetti spoon. Spaghetti spoons are distinguishable by their forked edge and a hole in the ladle-like area of the utensil. One might imagine that this hole’s main purpose is to strain the water when ladling out pasta, but there’s more to it than that. The hole actually fits the size of exactly one serving of spaghetti so that when you’re making your meal you can accurately measure it. Those who can really go to town on a bowl of pasta might not be satisfied by the spoon’s suggested serving portion. However, at least once you start counting how many servings you’re making, it can be a useful tool to make sure you aren’t making too much or too little.

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    How to Hire Fake Friends or a Significant Other.

    Money may not be able to buy love, but in Japan, it can certainly buy the appearance of love—and appearance, as the dapper Ishii Yuichi insists, is everything. As a man whose business involves becoming other people, Yuichi would know. The handsome and charming 36-year-old is on call to be your best friend, your husband, your father, or even a mourner at your funeral.

    His 8-year-old company, Family Romance, provides professional actors to fill any role in the personal lives of clients. With a burgeoning staff of 800 or so actors, ranging from infants to the elderly, the organization prides itself on being able to provide a surrogate for almost any conceivable situation.

    Yuichi believes that Family Romance helps people cope with unbearable absences or perceived deficiencies in their lives. In an increasingly isolated and entitled society, the CEO predicts the exponential growth of his business and others like it, as à la carte human interaction becomes the new norm.

    I can see this coming in handy in situations such as weddings where people don’t want to go solo. Then again some people simply turn to social media for help, there was a girl that asked for a wedding date on twitter and ended up getting married. Read more about it here.

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    Sophia becomes first robot to receive citizenship

    A robot has just been granted citizenship — by Saudi Arabia. The robot named Sophia was confirmed as a Saudi citizen during a business event in Riyadh, according to an official Saudi press release.

    The move is an attempt to promote Saudi Arabia as a place to develop artificial intelligence — and, presumably, allow it to become a full citizen, according to The Independent.

    “We have a little announcement. We just learnt, Sophia; I hope you are listening to me, you have been awarded the first Saudi citizenship for a robot,” said panel moderator and business writer Andrew Ross Sorkin.

    Basking in the attention, the robot then thanked the country. “Thank you to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I am very honoured and proud for this unique distinction,” Sophia told the panel. “It is historic to be the first robot in the world to be recognised with citizenship.”

    Sorkin later asked Sophia a series of questions. “Good afternoon, my name is Sophia and I am the latest and greatest robot from Hanson Robotics. Thank you for having me here at the Future Investment Initiative,” she said.

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    Man blows $1M on cars, strippers and cocaine after bank glitch

    A debt-ridden student blew $1.3 million on sports cars, speedboats, strippers and cocaine after a bank error gave him an unlimited overdraft.

    Wannabe playboy Luke Moore lived the high life for two years before he was caught by cops and jailed on fraud charges.

    The Australian treated himself to luxury holidays, an Aston Martin, a Maserati and a boat while living the ultimate bachelor lifestyle.

    But he was slapped with a four-year jail term last year after the banking glitch came to light.

    Moore, 29, went free last week after winning an appeal of his conviction on the grounds that his actions were not deceptive.

    He is now broke and living with his mother in Goulburn, New South Wales, ironically while studying to become a criminal lawyer.

    But he told the Daily Telegraph he did not miss his multimillionaire lifestyle “besides the cocaine, the strippers and fast cars.”

    He said he is “still readjusting to real life” and would no longer want to drive around in flashy cars.

    The law student bagged the free cash after opening a Complete Freedom account with St. George bank in March 2010.

    A computer error meant he was allowed to overdraw the account and spend a total of $1.5 million (AU $2.1 million).

    But instead of telling the bank, he made increasingly large withdrawals and transferred the funds into multiple accounts.

    As well as buying a framed Michael Jordan shirt, the student used the cash to pay mortgage, insurance and other bills.

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    Salt Lake nurse gets $500K settlement over rough arrest caught on video

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah nurse who was arrested for refusing to let a police officer draw blood from an unconscious patient is settling with Salt Lake City and the university that runs the hospital for $500,000.

    Nurse Alex Wubbels and her lawyer made the announcement Tuesday.

    Police body-camera video of Detective Jeff Payne handcuffing Wubbels drew widespread attention online amid an ongoing national conversation about police use of force.

    She was following hospital policy when she told Payne he needed a warrant or the consent of the patient to draw blood after a July 26 car crash.

    Payne had neither. He eventually dragged Wubbels outside as she screamed she had done nothing wrong.

    Salt Lake City police Chief Mike Brown has since apologized and fired Payne. The detective is appealing the decision.

    All I have to say is sorry taxpayers… cause you’re footing the bill for this one.

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    Halloween The Best Holiday?

    What’s great about Halloween? Well if you’re celebrating in America, it’s probably the best adult holiday ever. It’s a day when it’s okay for women to dress slutty and everyone is partying like crazy. A few years back we went to three epic halloween parties in a span of 2 weeks. Started at a UCSB halloween party in Isla Vista, then got invited to a party all the way in ASU. Then one of our friends randomly got invited to play with Waka Flocka and they gave us stage passes. It was so epic that if it wasn’t all filmed I would never believe it to be true. So enjoy the video and hopefully this years halloween is just epic.

    This year we’ve been invited to two epic parties so stay tuned for another video.

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    Man Painted On Airbnb Walls, Earned Him a Lifetime of Free Stay

    One of the greatest fears for Airbnb hosts is that a guest will leave behind a terrible mess – but one got the ultimate surprise when a guest left behind an incredible mural on his walls.

    This time around the host didn’t mind at all. Eric the Airbnb host actually requested for his guest to paint anything he wanted on the wall. Although it’s because he knew he had Ali Sabet was staying at his Airbnb in Tokyo and his work sells for up to $15,000 dollars.

    He’s so happy with the result he actually offered Ali a refund for his stay and a free place to stay at whenever he is back in town.

    “I was truly honored. So I left a little love behind!” – Ali Sabet

    Ali paints with Japanese brushes and Sumi ink, so adding a bit of art to a home in Tokyo was a pretty natural fit.

    He also painted a little something on the bathroom walls

    Ali even filmed his process and sent it over to Eric to watch

    To top that off, Ali gifted Eric an original piece that he can frame and hang where ever he wants. Overall I think it ended up being a great deal for them, especially now that their story is slowly going viral online.

    If you want check out more of Ali’s art, visit his website. If you’re interested in booking the apartment to see the mural for yourself, check out Eric’s Airbnb listing.

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    3D Crosswalk To Slow Down Speeding Cars

    In the small fishing town of Ísafjörður, Iceland a new pedestrian crossing has been painted that appears to be 3D by way of a cleverly-detailed optical illusion. The innovative design gets the attention of drivers, who will be sure to slow down their speed once they spot the floating cross walk. Scroll down to see photos of the fascinating installment taken by Ágúst G. Atlason of Gústi Productions, and let us know if you’d like to see one of these crosswalks in your own city.

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    The Queen of Halloween – 17 years of Costumes

    Heidi Klum is known to be the “Queen of Halloween”. Each year, the supermodel dazzles us with her creative, spooky, and sometimes kooky looks. It’s looking like we should expect the same this year. She takes halloween so seriously that you are not allowed to come to her infamous Halloween Party in New York if you’re not dressed up. Although you’re probably not invited anyways.

    Here’s the recap of the 17 years she’s been wowing us on Halloween.

    2000, Goth Pippi Longstocking

    2001, Lady Godiva

    2002, Betty-Boop

    2003, Gold Alien

    2004, Red Witch

    2005, Vampire

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