World famed climber Hayden Kennedy took his own life after being unable to save his girlfriend from an avalanche.
Hayden and his partner, Inge Perkins, were climbing a difficult terrain in Montana mountains when tragedy struck. A sudden avalanche hit the two of them, Hayden was successful in freeing himself, but there was no sign of Inge anymore. It was in such an heartbroken moment that Hayden decided to take his own life.
With an unbelievably heavy heart, we are sad to report there was avalanche fatality on Imp Peak in the southern Madison Range on Saturday. Two skiers were approaching the north couloir when they triggered the avalanche. Both were caught, one fully buried and one partial. The fully buried skier was recovered from the scene by Gallatin County Search and Rescue yesterday. Alex and Doug went into the site yesterday and will be posting more details in the coming days. #gnfacobs
According to a Facebook post written by Black Diamond Equipment, the couple had been off to southwest Montana on a ski tour, after having moved their base to Bozeman in Montana, a few months ago.
As per information shared by Mt. Avalanche’s Instagram account, Inge had been fully buried by the snow while Hayden had been partially buried. The account further added:
Both were caught, one fully buried and one partial. The fully buried skier was recovered from the scene by Gallatin County Search and Rescue yesterday [Mon].
Paying tribute to the 27-year-old climber, Hayden’s sponsors shared a post on Facebook that read:
To say Hayden was a talented climber would be an understatement.
To say he was one of the world’s best climbers is closer to the truth, yet even those words fall flat and fail miserably at truly describing what Hayden – or HK as we called him – really represented in our sport.
He was, with all intents and purposes, a climber who transcended barriers.
Just a week before his death, Hayden wrote an article about the perils of climbing mountains. In the same article, he also mourned the loss of his dear friends who he had seen “go to the mountains”, never to return.
His article was published in Evening Sends website, where he also wrote:
Over the last few years, however, as I’ve watched too many friends go to the mountains, only to never return, 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.