Elite Seattle Climber Chad Kellogg Killed on Argentine Peak

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Patagonia, Argentina

Revered climber and Outdoor Research athlete Chad Kellogg, 42, died on Friday, Feb. 14, in Patagonia, Argentina.

“Sad weekend for everyone here and the climbing community as a whole,” said Outdoor Retailer marketing director Charles Lozner. “Chad was an awesome guy and truly an inspiration.”

Several sources report that a falling rock crushed Kellogg as he and his climbing partner, Jens Holsten, descended Mt. Fitz Roy. Holsten was forced to descend by himself.

Kellogg was a former climbing ranger at Mount Rainier, and he once held the record for the fastest ascent-descent of Mount Rainier with a time of under five hours. In 2003, he entered his first speed-climbing contest – the Khan Tengri mountaineering race in Kazakhstan – which he won.

Kellogg holds the record for the fastest round-trip climb of Denali’s West Buttress route in Alaska at 23 hours and 55 minutes. He also had numerous first ascents, including a solo climb of Nepal’s Lunag Ri in 2012.

Kellogg, who ran a construction business in Seattle, was a colon cancer survivor and gave motivational speeches to other young cancer survivors. In 2007, his wife, Lara, died in a climbing accident in Alaska.

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