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Alpinist Chad Kellogg Killed by Rockfall
Posted on: February 16, 2014
American alpinist Chad Kellogg was killed by rockfall while climbing in Patagonia on Friday. Rolando Garibotti wrote on SuperTopo.com:
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.