Summit-Claim Controversies

Apparent summitclaim fraud of Chad Kellogg

An April 2013 article with US climber Chad Kellogg’s picture at the alleged summit of Luang Ri. 

His photo and caption at the left.


None of the recognizable summit is shown.  None of the background below the summit is shown.  All that is shown is a whited-out background, with no breaks in the white-out, and a minute rock formation.

This is the 3rd time Kellogg has done this.

He did this for his solo summit claim on Khan Tengri.
His two summit-claim photos [below] show nothing of the summit, and none of the summit background. 

The background appears whited-out.  The photos appear cropped. 

The only object shown is his body.

This is his own list of Khan Tengri photos,

These two pictures are his only summit-claim photos.


“Khan Tengri August 2003 – Some people say 6995 M. others 7010 M. my watch registered the summit at 7005 Meters”



“Khan Tengri August 2003 – Self Portrait at the summit via the Kuzmin/North Ridge”


Kellogg shows his altimeter watch in the photos.  An altimeter watch can be easily adjusted to any altitude, anywhere, within seconds.   It is very misleading to lead the public to believe it is proof.

Kellogg also did this for his Ama Dablam solo claim. Here is his list of photos

and this is his summit-claim photo.


“On the summit with visions of the Himalaya reflected”


Once again, nothing is shown of the summit, nor the summit background.  Only his body is shown.

There has been discussion that the photos have been heavily edited, and cropped, in order to remove any mountain background that might show that he actually wasn’t on the summit.

[Christian Stangl did this on K2 and was caught lying due to the background in the photo being recognized as being taken from a vantage point well below the summit.  Stangl weeks later admitted to fraud publicly] [ Dr. Frederick Cook did this in 1906 on Denali, and later his “summit photo” was proven fraudulent, but Dr. Cook persisted in claiming he reached the summit]

For Chad Kellogg’s “summit-photos” —

Apparent white-out of any recognizable features of the mountain, for two summit-claims.

Kellogg’s body and clothing take up most of the photos.

Kellogg uses his altimeter-watch in the photos to apparently provide proof he was at the summit, in lieu of the actual summit being shown and any of the summit background being shown.

With the availability of light digital cameras, where the image can be seen instantly, a climber should easily be able to take many photos in order to ensure the photos show the actual summit and summit background. 

An altimeter watch is not proof, and is not a substitute for photos of the climber on the actual summit. 

Kellogg felt a need to provide photos of his altimeter-watch as proof, so Kellogg obviously believes in the importance of summit proof.  However, his summit proof is inadequate, and the pattern of these 3 solo summit-claim photos raises high suspicion.

Kellogg has also been subject to a major controversy about his 2003 Denali speed-record claim.