Chad Kellogg Killed by Rockfall.


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Mountain climber
Seattle, Wa
Feb 16, 2014 - 01:29pm PT
I was lucky to go on a couple of expeditions with Chad. I posted some pictures and video on my blog for people who are interested. You can find it here:


Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Feb 16, 2014 - 01:31pm PT
So sorry E. It is so hard to lose a friend. I think of the ones I've lost and remember them for and how they made my life richer. Seems that you shared a lot of good times.
All the best his family and friends.

Huge hug for you man.


Social climber
Feb 16, 2014 - 01:33pm PT
This sucks. F*#king sucks. Not just a climber but someones son, brother, friend... sucks.

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Feb 16, 2014 - 01:39pm PT
I never knew him, but from reading the posts here, I see what a wonderful person he was.

Condolences to Chad's family and friends.

carolyn mollot

Feb 16, 2014 - 01:41pm PT
Chad was a unique spirit. So sad. I was at Lara's funeral and now this. He died doing his passion. He will be missed. RIP.

Big Wall climber
Ashland, Or
Feb 16, 2014 - 01:58pm PT
sad news :(

Boulder climber
Feb 16, 2014 - 02:46pm PT
I was fortunate to share a bunk with Chad last season in Chalten...he was a great person and an was an honor to share a rope at the crag with will be deeply misses...

Greg Carlisle
goatboy smellz

Feb 16, 2014 - 04:55pm PT
Aww foo, sorry for your lost friend E.
Always enjoyed his commentary. in the stratosphere.

Gym climber
A very quiet place
Feb 16, 2014 - 06:07pm PT
My heart goes out to you Eric, Mikey, Mike G. and all the others Chad touched. Peace, prayers, and feeling-with for all of you. Such sadness.


Trad climber
'cross the great divide
Feb 16, 2014 - 06:30pm PT
Very sorry to hear this. Condolences to Chad's family and friends.

Chad and Joe were the only other guys camping at Stump Camp on the Ruth in 2006 when we were there. Great guys both of them. It makes me sad to know they're both gone.

Feb 16, 2014 - 07:05pm PT
was fortunate enough to see his show last year.
sad day. condolences to his family, and friends.

Trad climber
Feb 16, 2014 - 07:30pm PT
Sad news. Condolences to his family and friends. Sounds like he has plenty of both.

Trad climber
West Los Angeles, CA/Joshua Tree
Feb 16, 2014 - 10:32pm PT
This is a big loss to worldwide alpinism. Have followed his career and talents.

He had to overcome the loss of his wife in that '07 Ruth Gorge accident. Then got diagnosed with Colon Cancer which he successfully battled. Then lost friend and partner Joe Puryear. Had a lot of stuff to come back from and always did.

He and Jens had an AAC Mugs Stump award for a 2014 Karakoram project.

So sorry to hear.

some eastside hovel
Feb 16, 2014 - 10:41pm PT
Very sad indeed. I did not know Chad,but know plenty that bragged him up as a solid person and climber. RIP Chad.

Feb 16, 2014 - 11:15pm PT
I copied the following excerpt from an article in concerning the death of Chad Kellogg's friend and fellow alpinist Joe Puryear. The article was written by Mark Westman and posted on April 27, 2011.

I especially like what he writes in the last sentence of this passage. Given that Mark Westman was a close friend of Chad's also, I hope it's not out of line to say that the sentiment he expresses seems appropriate to this tragedy as well.

"It will be said of Joe, as it has been said of so many others before him, that he "died doing what he loved." While I understand what motivates this sentiment, I have come to detest the statement. Joe died falling from a mountain, and he did not love falling. Joe loved Michelle and their life together, and he had many more adventures still to do. He relished the thought of someday being an old, spent-up alpinist, surrounded by his close friends and reflecting on an illustrious life in the mountains. Joe understood and accepted the risks, but in no way did he want to die "doing what he loved." The tragic and unintended outcome, however, doesn't change the fact that Joe was very much living in his element. So the words of comfort I prefer--lacking any others--are that Joe lived doing what he loved."

My condolences to the family and friends of Chad Kellogg.


Trad climber
San Diego, CA (stuck in Jersey)
Feb 16, 2014 - 11:28pm PT

Topic Author's Reply - Feb 16, 2014 - 11:48pm PT
This was just posted by our friend August from the memories of the UW Wall where we all met:

It must have been sometime around 1994 or so...maybe my dates are off it doesn't matter. This kid showed up down at the climbing rock. Jeff Robertson and I were there and met this kid with burly, tough-looking strong arms and a really rough looking face with a set jaw. He came right up and started hanging out with us. He was just learning to rock climb. He gravitated to Jeff and I because he immediately recognized that we were some crazy f*cks. That kid was Chad Kellogg. We liked him too because there were so few kids that showed up down there and even better when a really crazy one showed up we loved it. He explained to us that he was on the Olympic luge team and he told us that yes, you absolutely could jump off the Montlake bridge. He had done it several times. He taught us how to hold your arms when you jump so as to not break your humerus bone. We loved this new kid.... he was ROUGH. And it was pretty obvious that he was DRIVEN.
I gradually found my way out of climbing. Injuries took their toll and I started to lose trust in myself. I lost touch with many people along the way but still kept within the core circle the original kids that we used to climb with at the rock. The rock bound so many of us together and forged lifelong bonds.
One day just a few years ago, I got a friend request on Facebook from none other than the world famous climber Chad Kellogg. He wrote a little note with his friend request that said something like "Hey August, it's Chad.I don't know if you remember me but I met you down at the rock with Jeff Robertson. I always admired you guys and how hard you guys were climbing and how crazy you guys were...." or something like that anyways. It made me smile. Here was Chad, world famous climber reaching out to me and paying some respect for some boulder problems I did at the climbing rock almost 20 years ago. That was Chad though. Always humble to his core. It had been forever since I had seen him and I looked at his facebook profile and saw a picture of him and his rough looking face with the set jaw and my mind was transported back to that day when the kid with the rough looking face and burly arms taught Jeff and I that, yes, it was OK to jump off the Montlake bridge.
Sometimes I regret never having made that jump. I doubt I ever will but I am glad I have the memory of Chad's spirit in my head. I am very glad that I had a chance to exert some of my own influence on him when he was new to climbing. Much as I am very glad that I was able to exert some of my influence on you as well Chris. Never forget that trip that you and I and Jeff and Rich made up to Squamish. I remember it was your first climbing trip and when you saw what Jeff and I were up to, you made a decision on the spot that altered the rest of your life. It doesn't matter what you do, just be in it fully. Cross your damn arms like you are giving yourself a hug if you ever decide to jump off that damn Montlake bridge.
Chad would go....

Trad climber
West Los Angeles, CA/Joshua Tree
Feb 17, 2014 - 12:18am PT
Eric, sorry to hear how this is personal for you.

Damn. Such a loss.

Social climber
I'm Lolli.
Feb 17, 2014 - 05:02am PT
I'm sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.

Did he have another name here on Supertopo?

Jim Henson's Basement
Feb 17, 2014 - 09:19am PT
Thanks for the link Dirtbag. Nice job putting the blog together.
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