US Alpinist Hayden Kennedy dies at 27


Hayden Kennedy, of Carbondale, Colo., was found dead Sunday at a residence in Bozeman, Mont., one day after his girlfriend, 23-year-old Inge Perkins, of Bozeman, died during an avalanche on Imp Peak in the southern Madison Range.

While Perkins was fully buried and killed by the slide, Kennedy received minor injuries and was able to call for help and survived the avalanche.

The area had received a foot (0.3 meters) of snow since October 1, which was on top of about 4 feet (1.2 meters) of dense snow that had fallen over the previous two weeks, according to the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center.

Perkins' body was recovered from the scene by Gallatin County Search and Rescue Monday.

Doug Chabot, director of the avalanche center, said Kennedy did not call 911 to report the slide.

Just two weeks ago, Kennedy penned a column about climbing and what it means to him. "Friends and climbing partners are fleeting, too", he wrote for the "Evening Sends" blog. Friends and climbing partners are fleeting, too.

"This is the painful reality of our sport, and I'm unsure what to make of it".

There was no reporting on how Kennedy took his own life nor the timeline. Justin died in Nepal in 2015. 'He chose to end his life. "Myself and his mother Julie sorrowfully respect his decision", Michael Kennedy also said.

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"I think about Kyle and Justin all the time", he went on.

Both Kennedy and Perkins were outdoor athletes sponsored by major gear brands, but neither had the broader name recognition among the general public that some rock climbers have gained.

He was well-known within the sport for, among other feats, climbing the Southeast Ridge in Patagonia's Cerro Torre in 2012 and removing numerous bolts placed there more than four decades earlier by Italian climber Cesare Maestri, according to the Associated Press.

The alpinist couple had recently moved to Bozeman, Montana, near to where the accident occurred, so Ms Perkins could complete her studies of mathematics and education at the Montana State University.

The Denver Post described Kennedy as the son of climbing royalty, and one of the most skilled and passionate climbers of his generation.

"An awareness of mortality prompts us to focus on what's important: developing a strong community of family and friends; engaging in work that stretches us intellectually, creatively and emotionally; understanding that no matter how often we've erred or compromised in the past, we must always try to reach again for the highest ideals", he wrote.

"Hayden has survived the avalanche, but not to the unbearable pain of having lost his companion, ' have declared the parents of the young mountaineer, adding that " it was a very sensitive person ".