Montana climber kills himself after girlfriend's avalanche death

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"Myself and his mother Julie sorrowfully respect his decision". But Kennedy's father, Michael Kennedy, who was editor of Climbing Magazine for more than two decades, beamed with pride.

According to a Facebook post by Friends of the Gallatin Avalanche Center, "two skiers (now identified) were approaching the north couloir (of Imp Peak) when they triggered the avalanche".

It's understood Kennedy desperately searched for Perkins before leaving the area and taking his own life. 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].

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. 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. Kennedy also left an avalanche probe and a shovel in the debris to mark the site, allowing searchers to find the body within an hour of arriving at the site. When his search failed, he hiked away from the mountain. "Friends and climbing partners are fleeting, too", he wrote.


Hayden Kennedy, of Colorado, was found dead Sunday at a residence in Bozeman, Montana.

Perkins, who grew up traversing the mountains of Montana and Norway with her parents, hoped to continue pursuing her passion for climbing and skiing around the world, she wrote in her biography on Mystery Ranch. She was fantastic skier, having descended the Grand Teton, and won the Montana Randonee Championships-a backcountry skiing competition-as well as the Montana Bouldering Championships.

'Over the last few years, 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".


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.

In a heartfelt tribute on Facebook, Black Diamond sporting goods company, Kennedy's sponsor, wrote about his ability to share his love of climbing with others: "He often wrote about his expeditions to the greater ranges-frequently publishing pieces in Alpinist, Rock and Ice, Evening Sends and other mags and websites-and his ability to weave a meaningful narrative through the trials and tribulations of climbing was innate".

Kennedy, who began climbing in his early teens, and his climbing partner were later arrested, according to reports.


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