In 1988, French alpinist Marc Batard charged from Camp 4 to the summit of Mount Everest in just 22.5 hours, setting a new speed record for the ascent. When he returned to camp a total of 36 hours later, he claimed an additional record for the fastest round-trip. It was an incredible feat that Batard completed without supplemental oxygen.
Twenty two years later, in 2010, Chad Kellogg first challenged Batard’s record. With speed records on Mount Rainier and Denali, as well as ascents of Aconcagua (the highest point in South America) and 7,000-meter peaks in the Himalaya, he was well prepared. At 27,250 feet, however, Kellogg turned back. The next year, he abandoned the expedition just 1,000 feet from the summit.
Kellogg is now preparing for his third attempt. Sometime between May 21 and May 27, he will leave Everest Base Camp (17,600 feet) at 5 p.m. and begin the climb to the 29,035-foot summit. His aims to complete the ascent in 22 hours and the round trip in 32 hours. Kellogg will be accompanied by a Sherpa to verify his time to the summit. The Sherpa will also carry bottled oxygen for Kellogg in case of an emergency.
Stay tuned for updates.