Mountaineer kills himself a day after girlfriend dies in an avalanche

2017-10-13 12:56
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He was so overcome with grief after the love of his life died in an avalanche he decided to end his own.

Hayden Kennedy (27) – who’s a world-renowned mountain climber – and his girlfriend, Inge Perkins (23), were skiing on slopes in Montana in the US when the tragic incident took place.

According to CBS News, Montana sheriff’s officials said Hayden and Inge were on Imp Peak in the southern Madison Range on Saturday, 7 October, and triggered an avalanche – which occurred in a steep and narrow gulley at about 3 000m above sea level.

The couple were buried under the pile of snow but the experienced mountaineer managed to fight his way out. After freeing himself, Hayden searched for Inge, who’s also an accomplished mountain climber, but couldn’t find her.

Unable to deal with the tragedy, Hayden took his own life at his home in Bozeman, Montana, on Sunday 8 October, with a note explaining where to find his significant other’s lifeless body.

"Both [skiers] were caught, one fully buried and one partial. The fully buried skier was recovered from the scene by Gallatin County Search and Rescue yesterday [Monday]," Mt Avalanche, an avalanche education and support team, wrote on its Instagram account.

Just two weeks before his death Hayden had written on climbing blog Evening Sends: “Over the last few years, however, as I’ve watched too many friends go to the mountains only to never return, I’ve realised something painful.

“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.” 

In a statement released by Hayden’s parents on Tuesday 10 October they described the experienced climber as "an uncensored soul whose accomplishments as a mountaineer were always secondary to his deep friendships and mindfulness”.


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