Hayden Kennedy, a renowned climber has reportedly killed himself following the tragic death of his girlfriend, Inge Perkins, in an avalanche in Montana. The two were climbing when they triggered an avalanche that reportedly killed his girlfriend.
He was shocked beyond belief when his girlfriend was devoured by the massive avalanche that the two caused while hiking on Madison Range’s fourth highest peak. He seems to have never been able to come out of the shock.
Even before his girlfriend’s death he had increasingly become conscious about the increasing number of casualties that occur every now and then. Merely a few weeks ago, who expressing his concern for the deaths taking place among the climbers in their quest to explore and hike. In a blog post he had said, “I’ve realized something painful. It’s not just the memorable summits and crux moves that are fleeting. Friends and climbing partners are fleeting, too…This is the painful reality of our sport, and I’m unsure what to make of it. Climbing is either a beautiful gift or a curse.”
While talking about the development, police officials in the Gallatin County claim that Kennedy, 27, and Inge Perkins, 23, were skiing on Imp Peak in the southern Madison Range on Saturday when they triggered an avalanche in a steep, narrow gulley at about 10,000 feet above sea level.
Reports suggest that the avalanche broke loose from Imp Peak, a rushing wall of snow – two-feet high at the vertical crown and 150-feet across – slipping quickly along the older dense accumulation. The two climbers were buried in a mound of snow six miles from the trail head and 20 miles southwest of Big Sky, Montana. While Hayden Kennedy somehow came out of the pileup, his efforts to search for his girlfriend didn’t succeed. So he tried to get help. It was only on Monday that the rescuers could find her body beneath three feet of snow.
Distraught with the loss of his girlfriend, the climber took his own life when he became sure that the girl hadn’t survived. His father, Michael Kennedy has confirmed his son’s death.
While writing on his facebook page, the senior Kennedy wrote, “Hayden survived the avalanche but not the unbearable loss of his partner in life…He chose to end his life. Myself and his mother Julie sorrowfully respect his decision.”
He was a dexterous climber and was the best among the best. An expert climber called him “the best young climber on the planet.” Despite his age, Kennedy had scraped up enough mountainsides to understand his chosen lifestyle was a tricky balancing act between daredevil risk and safe respect for the threats and challenges of the natural world.
It is said that 23-year old Perkins was also an accomplished mountain climber. Reports suggest that Kennedy grew up in Carbondale, Colorado and had been working on his EMT certification while Perkins completed a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and education at Montana State University. Kennedy was perhaps best known for climbing the Southeast Ridge in Patagonia’s Cerro Torre in 2012 and removing many of the bolts placed by controversial Italian climber Cesare Maestri more than 40 years earlier.
His father Michael Kennedy, who was editor of Climbing Magazine for and was himself a great climber praised his son saying, “You made a courageous first step in restoring Cerro Torre to its rightful place as one of the most demanding and inaccessible summits in the world…I never would have had the guts to take that step myself, even in my best days.”