Dan (for I'm assuming that janen is yet another in a long line of aliases for Dan Howitt), I have never had the fortune of meeting Chad Kellogg. In fact, I had never heard of Chad Kellogg until I read your diatribes on various websites. To me it sounded like he was a stand-up guy who was a supreme physical specimen. When interviewed on ExplorersWeb, he was specifically asked about you. He declined to say anything bad about you at all - despite your continuous bashing. That, to me, showed far more about his character than whether he had time verification or a picture of a rock in the background of his summit photo. I subsequently attended a slideshow about his ascent of a new route on Kichatna Spire with Joe Puryear. Chad Kellogg, to me, is the real deal.
Dan Howitt, you, on the other hand, has shown a complete lack of sportsmanship by attempting to besmirch the character of Chadd Kellog. There are numerous mountain running races throughout the mountainous areas of the nation. Why not compete in one side-by-side with other competitors? On July 4 every year there is a famous mountain race in Seward, Alaska (claimed by some to be the second oldest running race in North America). The race is from downtown Seward (elevation 50 feet) to Race Point (elevation 3022 feet) on Marathon Mountain and back again. The horizontal distance is about 3.25 miles. The record time was set in 1981 by Bill Spencer, an Olympic cross-country skier from Anchorage, with a round-trip time of 43:23. This race is the real deal, making newspaper headlines and getting significant television coverage. Why not compete in this race and go head to head with some of the best mountain runners around? And, Chad Kellogg, if you're reading, why don't you show up, too? I'm sure a head-to-head race between Howitt and Kellogg would certainly put an end to the silly debate about who is the faster speed climber.
Here's the link to the Seward Chamber of Commerce's Mount Marathon website.
So how 'bout it? Put up or shut up!