Alpinist Hayden Kennedy Takes Own Life After Partner Dies In Avalanche

Climber Kills Himself After Girlfriend's Avalanche Death

Hayden Kennedy survived the avalanche that claimed the life of his girlfriend, Inge Perkins, 23, on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.

Perkins, an avid climber and ski mountaineer, was buried 3 feet under the avalanche measuring 150 feet by 300 feet, the sheriff's office said.

Rescue crews found Perkin's body at the base of the mountain days later on October 9th, Michael Kennedy, Hayden's father, said in a statement.

The tragedy comes just weeks after Hayden wrote a attractive piece on climbing in the wake of tragedy.

"The last time I talked to Hayden, a couple of weeks ago, he was settling into his new more chill life in Bozeman with Inge, and was super stoked on baking bread, trail running, and enjoying some safe rock climbing", Wright wrote of his friend.

In Memory of Hayden Kennedy ⠀ ⠀ It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our friend, Ambassador and true brother of the BD tribe, Hayden Kennedy.

"He chose to end his life", Michael Kennedy wrote on Facebook after his son's death.

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In a poignant article posted on Evening Sends the week before his death, Hayden wrote openly about the conflicting pleasures and pains of climbing; an activity through which he had lost many friends during their exploits in the mountains. There's no easy way to say this, but half that team is now dead. "Myself and his mother Julie sorrowfully respect his decision", he said. Unable to bear the loss of his partner, Hayden took his life on Sunday 8th October. "And Kyle, along with his partner, Scott Adamson, vanished while climbing on a remote peak in north Pakistan a year later".

'This is the painful reality of our sport, and I'm unsure what to make of it. Climbing is either a attractive gift or a curse'. "Their absence from this world is felt by so many who are left in a wake of confusion, anger, and frustration".

In the same year, Hayden made a notable ascent of Cerro Torre in Patagonia; the first "fair means" ascent of the south east ridge alongside Jason Kruk, simultaneously removing 125 bolts placed by controversial climber Cesare Maestri in 1975.

Both Hayden and his father recognized the internal battle of objective in climbing.

Kennedy was working on his EMT certification and Perkins was working on her bachelor's degree in mathematics and education at Montana State University before they passed. Both outspoken outdoorspeople, Michael edited Climbing magazine for more than 20 years.

"An awareness of mortality prompts us to focus on what's important: developing a strong community of family and friends", he wrote.

Perkins grew up traversing the mountains of Montana and Norway with her parents and hoped to combine her passion for climbing, skiing and traveling.




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