Hayden Kennedy, 27, a renowned alpinist who famously climbed Cerro Torre of Patagonia in South America in 2012, committed suicide one day after he survived an avalanche that killed his girlfriend. They were skiing at Imp Peak in Bozeman, Montana, on Saturday when they triggered an avalanche, according to the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.
The woman. Inge Perkins, 23, was buried 3 feet under the avalanche measuring 150 feet by 300 feet. Kennedy, hailed as one of the world’s greatest alpinists, was only partially buried and managed to dig himself out and search for Perkins. He was unable to find her. He left a note with “incredibly clear directions for where to find her” in lieu of calling 911. After, Kennedy committed suicide at his home in Bozeman.
Rescue team searching
His girlfriend’s body was recovered by the Gallatin County Search & Rescue at the base of Mt. Imp on October 9th. Hayden Kennedy had recently moved to Bozeman to work towards his EMT certification, while Perkins was enrolled in the Montana State University, where she was studying mathematics and education. Perkins loved climbing and skiing around the world. The footwear company SCARPA wrote on their Facebook, “These two young adventurers inspired us all to push our limits and most importantly, have fun doing it." Kennedy has long been one of the top climbers in the world.