Speed climber Chad Kellogg died in a rock fall in Patagonia on February 14, 2014. These details were reported on the forum at Supertopo:
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.
Kellogg built his fame around speed climbing but his passion was being a true high altitude climber. Climbing has a good overview of his career but he attempted to set a new speed record on Everest in 2010, 2012 and 2013 and was thought to be planning another attempt for 2014.comments powered by Disqus