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American Nolan Smythe Dies in Mexico Climbing Accident

His rope was cut after a ledge broke beneath his feet

Climbers close to American Nolan Smythe have reported online about his death after a climbing accident in Mexico. Smythe was at pitch 14 of 28 on Logical Progression 5.13 on El Gigante. He was an accomplished BASE jumper and climber.

Sasha DiGiulian reported: “On March 6, one of our team members who was climbing and rigging with Aaron Livingston on El Gigante, Mexico, died in a terrible, unpredictable accident. Nolan Smythe was climbing on pitch 14 of 28 when a ledge that he was resting on broke beneath him. This caused him to fall, and the rock fall cut his rope. He continued to fall approximately 1,500 feet.”

Top American rock climber Brad Gobright died in a climbing accident in El Potrero Chico, Mexico, in November 2019. For a short clip of Smythe opening a new BASE jumping exit near Moab, scroll down. Our condolences to his family and friends. Please consider donating to help support those close to Smythe here.

Nolan Smythe BASE Jumping