United States climber kills himself after avalanche kills girlfriend

Avalanche causes skier fatality south of Big Sky

Bozeman woman dies in avalanche

Hayden Kennedy, 27, was skiing with girlfriend Inge Perkins, 23, Saturday when they triggered an avalanche. His father, Michael Kennedy, was an accomplished mountaineer in own right, establishing countless first ascents and served as editor-in-chief at Climbing Magazine for 30 years.

Perkin's body was recovered by the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center at the base of Mt Imp on October 9. Both were caught, one fully buried and one partial.

The avalanche happened on Imp Peak, in the southern Madison Range, in a steep, narrow gulley about 10,000ft (3,048m) above sea level. The fully buried skier was recovered from the scene by Gallatin County Search and Rescue yesterday [Mon].

Perkins was buried by the 150-foot-wide slide, and Kennedy hiked out for help after he couldn't find her.

Kennedy was considered to be one of world's greatest alpinists.

Typically reserved in his approach to social media and averse to self-promotion, his sponsor Black Diamond described Hayden as 'a staunch believer in walking the walk, not talking the talk.

Kennedy was partially buried in the avalanche. He was found dead at his Bozeman Montana residence on Sunday.

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In a poignant article posted on Evening Sends the week before his death, Hayden wrote openly about the conflicting pleasures and pains of climbing; an activity through which he had lost many friends during their exploits in the mountains. She also won the Montana Bouldering Championships among other competitions.

Just two weeks before renowned climber Hayden Kennedy killed himself following the death of his girlfriend in an avalanche in Montana, he wrote on a climbing blog that he had watched too many friends die in the mountains over the last few years.

Kennedy - who was once considered possibly the "best young climber on the planet" by Elevation Outdoors - said the "true, lasting meaning" of the sport he loved was the "friendships and partnerships" he found along summits and valleys in a September 26 blog post on mountain climbing blog Evening Sends.

"It's not just the memorable summits and crux moves that are fleeting".

Hayden was a highly talented and respected climber with all-round abilities in the mountains, having made noteworthy ascents worldwide, from hard rock routes near his home in Colorado to new routes on Himalayan peaks.

'This is the painful reality of our sport, and I'm unsure what to make of it. Climbing is either a lovely gift or a curse'.

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. Kennedy and his climbing partner were later arrested.

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