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Graphic: Walker Cahall
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Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: To Infinity

By Fitz Cahall   |   Dec 23, 2016 December 23, 2016

Chad Kellogg. September 22, 1971 to February 14, 2014. Seattle climbing community legend. Dear friend to many. And the toughest guy around.

“For Chad, not eating and shivering on ledges, that was like skiing powder for him. It was just that fun,” remembers Jens Holsten.

Today, we take a look at what gets left behind when someone like Chad leaves us, and what grows in the vacant space.

In part one, we hear from Jens, Chad’s climbing partner, good friend and mentee during the final years of his life.

In part two, we follow Ras Vaughan and Gavin Woody as they pick up the torch on a project Chad dreamed up, but never completed: the Rainier Infinity Loop. An idea so grand, it seemed almost inhuman.

This episode contains adult language. If that offends you, you’ll want to skip this one.

Hear more of Chad Kellogg’s story in the 2009 Diaries episode, The Cowboy and the Maiden.

Visit dirtbagdiaries.com for links to past episodes, music credits and to pledge your support. You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher and DoggCatcher, or connect with the Dirtbag Diaries community on Facebook and Twitter. The Dirtbag Diaries is a Duct Tape Then Beer production.

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