Chad Kellogg Killed by Rockfall.


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Topic Author's Reply - Feb 16, 2014 - 02:12am PT
Before I go to sleep tonight - I just remembered.

At about 9:30 this morning in Reseda at work, there was a lull in traffic as I walked across the parking lot.

Just then, a hawk flew over the lot, and keened loudly at me twice - directly above me, then flew on without another sound.

Never had a single hawk fly over and make a sound without other birds pursuing it....

Trad climber
Sunnyvale, CA
Feb 16, 2014 - 03:30am PT
I first learned about Chad and his stories via the Dirtbag Diaries, and have since seen more of his goals and activities through the climbing media. Definitely an inspiration.

Condolences to all Chad's friends, family, and acquaintances. His legacy will live on.

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 16, 2014 - 03:37am PT
RiP Chad Kellogg.

Peace to you Eric.

Hawks beckon.

The circle completes itself.

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Feb 16, 2014 - 05:29am PT
i send regards, sympathy and empathy, eric.

it never makes any sense, these things.
i guess just embrace non-sense now.
and cherish those past successes that
chad enjoyed, and that you two authored together.

f*#k-off, rockfall.
if you ever come near me, ah'll bust you into
a worthless sand that neither the pacific
nor the atlantic will hire.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
Feb 16, 2014 - 07:12am PT
My condolences to his friends and family,
Sounds like he made the most of his time here.

Feb 16, 2014 - 07:27am PT
Tragic. Use to run into him and Lara (before they were married) and crew in the Cascades backcountry often in the 1990s. We joked about how we kept finding each other on the same alpine routes on different weekends, must have been going through the same tick list....It was cool to hear about his progression to the big peaks and speed records, etc.

I was sad to hear about Lara on Wake Peak, now this. Be careful out there!

Feb 16, 2014 - 09:40am PT
Just to make sure the facts are accurate when reported:

Over two days Chad Kellogg and Jens Holsten climbed the Afanassieff Route on the NW ridge of Cerro Fitz Roy in southern Patagonia, reaching the summit in the late afternoon of February 14th. They then started the long descent via the Supercanaleta. While pulling down their ropes, on the third rappel down, one of them got stuck. As they pulled to retrieve it the rope dislodged a block which hit Chad. He died instantly. It was 9PM. Jens continued the descent alone through the night, reaching the base early in the morning to then continue to El Chalten, the nearest town. Because of the complexities of the location a body recovery will not be attempted.

The world will undoubtedly be much poorer without him.

Godspeed Chad

Topic Author's Reply - Feb 16, 2014 - 09:47am PT
Thanks for the clarification, Rolo - I got the distraught call from Chris last night and was distraught myself.
Crag Q

Trad climber
Louisville, Colorado
Feb 16, 2014 - 09:51am PT
Very sad news. May he rest in peace.

Sport climber
Ketchum Idaho
Feb 16, 2014 - 11:48am PT
Petey Justpetey I just heard...there is nothing to say that will express how we all feel about having had Chad in our lives so I am just going to say thank you and I hope we meet again on the other side, you made my life a more funner place:)

Trad climber
Bellevue, WA
Feb 16, 2014 - 11:59am PT
This is terrible news indeed. My thoughts and prayers are with Chad's family and close friends. Last night, at a climber's gathering in Seattle (Steve Swenson's 60th birthday party), there was a moment of silence for Chad. He may be gone, but he will never be forgotten. RIP, Chad.

Trad climber
Sierra Vista
Feb 16, 2014 - 12:38pm PT
A vary sad business. The mountains are our love, but can be a cruel mistress.

Condolences to Chad's family and friends.


Gym climber
2001 Toyota
Feb 16, 2014 - 12:50pm PT
I did not know Chad well, or barely at all, but two years ago, after another rockfall death in Patagonia, Chad's kind words and understanding helped me begin to process that event. And they have stayed with me through repeated trips into that arena and beyond. RIP Chad. You will be missed.
stick it

Feb 16, 2014 - 12:58pm PT
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Feb 16, 2014 - 01:03pm PT
Terrible news. A tremendous loss to the climbing community.

Heartfelt condolences to his friends and family.

Feb 16, 2014 - 01:03pm PT
I was just climbing laughing and living life with chad in Patagonia. I am broken scared and empty at the loss of my friend. May you be happy and content


Trad climber
Yosemite Valley
Feb 16, 2014 - 01:08pm PT
I collected a few photos from our days working together as climbing rangers on Mount Rainier out of Camp Schurman. We spent two summers running up and down (as often as possible and often with a snowboard on our backs for a speedy descent) that mountain. Many rescues, many recoveries - thankfully, we mostly had a tremendous time playing and working in the mountains. It was an amazing crew. Chad, David Gottlieb, Joe Puryear, Mark Westman, Lara Kellogg, Dee Patterson and Stoney Richards and Mark Ronca.


Sport climber
Made in California
Feb 16, 2014 - 01:12pm PT
Just then, a hawk flew over the lot, and keened loudly at me twice - directly above me, then flew on without another sound.

Never had a single hawk fly over and make a sound without other birds pursuing it....

I am so sorry for the loss of your friend, Erik...

Peace to you and the many others who knew this fine man.

~lisa mae

Trad climber
nederland, co
Feb 16, 2014 - 01:26pm PT
Chad was a true alpinist. I had the great fortune of helping him on his solo triple ascent of the DC on Rainier and his roundtrip Paradise to White River a few summers ago. Tracking him over 36 hrs and 27000 vertical feet was an inspiration. That man was driven!! The climbing world has lost another great climber-he will be missed!!

Trad climber
B'ham, WA
Feb 16, 2014 - 01:27pm PT
RIP Chad, you will be missed. o9

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