Chad Kellogg Killed by Rockfall.


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Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Feb 17, 2014 - 09:22am PT
Damn...this sucks! Such a great guy, condolences to all of his loved ones.

Trad climber
Nevada City
Feb 17, 2014 - 09:44am PT

Social climber
Feb 17, 2014 - 09:17pm PT
This sad news has been coming to me from all directions.
A powerful energy has passed and will be missed and long remembered by all that loved and knew him and those like me that wish they had had the opportunity.
I also extend my condolences and aloha to his personal friends and family.
With much respect,
Olaf Mitchell

Mountain climber
Pasadena, CA
Feb 17, 2014 - 09:50pm PT
Our deepest condolences from everyone at the Caltech alpine club. It was an honor to have Chad visit us last year and he'll be missed. From the conversations I had with him, I was impressed by how unburdened he seemed by many of the worries most people carry, and he'll always remain an inspiration to me. -Patrick

I just found this photo from his slideshow in Pasadena on my phone:
March 13, 2013
March 13, 2013
Credit: TheNobleSunfish

Topic Author's Reply - Feb 17, 2014 - 10:11pm PT
Patrick, so glad you guys put this together - it was a great show, and I got to see a good friend again.

Funny, I just wrote this today...

I hadn't seen Chad in over 15 years, and finally caught up with him 11 months ago at his Pasadena slideshow. He was happy to see me, almost deferential - I laughed a little at that - classic understated Chad. We hung out for a while and caught up, and one thing I will never forget that he noticed: How happy Skip and I are together - he really got the connection. I was so happy to have him recognize our love, it was just the strength of his spirit to see that so quickly. Goodbye my friend, you lived so hugely, and will be hugely missed.

Edit: Thanks Dirtbaglawyer - that was just the thing to cheer an aching heart...

Feb 17, 2014 - 10:12pm PT
This sucks - RIP Chad.....
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Feb 17, 2014 - 10:40pm PT
My thoughts and prayers go out to all those tonight that grieve for this special man, a respected figure in our climbing community. Losing someone we care about is like losing a piece of the very fabric of our lives. Their life leaves a vacuum in our own. A gap, which some how the entire spectrum of life must readjust to.

Peace, Healing and Hope to each of you.


Feb 18, 2014 - 08:45am PT

Chad in the New York Times...


Boulder climber
in the midst of a metaphysical adventure
Feb 18, 2014 - 12:46pm PT
My condolences to Chad's family and friends.
Sad news for us all.

Kind regards,

Topic Author's Reply - Feb 19, 2014 - 12:25am PT
Heartfelt feelings out to family and friends - and a great KUOW listen that speaks volumes about Chad:

Thanks to Tim Matsui for the link.

Big Wall climber
Feb 19, 2014 - 12:41am PT
this is totally tragic. from someone who has personally barely escaped rockfall death in patagonia, there seems to be no rhyme or reason why some die and others live. at least his partner survived, the silver lining. my condolences to all chad's family and friends. ss
Big Mike

Trad climber
Feb 19, 2014 - 04:05am PT
Bummer E. Sad to hear this news.

Condolences to family and friends.

Gym climber
2001 Toyota
Feb 19, 2014 - 10:28am PT
Death is inevitable, Living is not. Here is to living life the way we need to and the way we choose.
So the words of comfort I prefer--lacking any others--are that Joe lived doing what he loved."


Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Feb 19, 2014 - 02:22pm PT
Seems like he was a great guy, sorry for your loss MisterE, and for his friends and family.
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