American climber Chad Kellogg killed by rockfall while descending Fitz Roy.
Kellogg was killed form a rock that was dislodged by a rope. Patagonian climber Rolando Garibotti wrote on Super Topo, “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 Feb. 14. They 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 9 p.m. Holsten 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.”
It was only two years ago, on Jan. 15, 2012 that Canadian Carlyle Norman died from rockfall on Aguja Saint-Exupery.
Our condolences to Kellogg’s family and friends.
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Sources: Climbing, Super Topo