About the Everest summit claimer Byron Smith ---
The issue is he provided a summit photo of himself as proof of his summit --- it was then PROVEN to not be a photo of him.
Lengthy and detailed report:
At best, proven suspect/dubious/doubtful much like the Chad Kellogg's of the world as subject to astounding proof undermining their claims, unlike the Dan Howitt's of the world who have perservered thought initial difficulties to do prescedent official speed records on some of the most difficult speed climbing peaks in the US --- Rainier, Hood, Adams, Shasta, Gorge routes. For ex, Hood record timed by www.oregonpeakadventures.com and www.uncagethesoul.com Government Camp to Summit to Government Camp 2:58min ascent, astounding time from Govt Camp Loop Road 3.35 miles below Timberline Lodge.
Things Steve Gruhn have never done nor could ever do though things Steve Gruhn can attack others about with baseless info as desperate support of his friend Chad Kellogg. Steve there's a lot against Kellogg, he has a lot to prove.
Kellogg offered $5000 by Dan Howitt personally this year as also sent in news releases to Climbing Magazine editors and MRNP officials, RMI, several Rainier and Hood authors, many guide companies, Hans Florine, Exposure www.mountainspeedclimbing.org. Kellogg paid money if he can go sub 5:30min rountrip (he claims 5:06 and 4:59 roundtrip already with no time verification at all and proven to have never reached the summit for his 5:06min as per MRNP Mike Gauthier's own emails and post on cascadeclimbers.com). Kellogg promised to do his 2004 Rainier speed climb timed (seen very end of this article http://www.k2climb.net/story/stories/AninterviewwithChadKellogg,recentwinneroftheKhanTengrispeedclimbOct292003.shtml
PROMISE ABANDONED! Lack of integrity? Yes.