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 wrote on the “Evening Sends” blog that it’s the painful reality of the sport and that “climbing is either a beautiful gift or a curse.”
Gallatin County sheriff’s officials say the 27-year-old and his 23-year-old girlfriend, Inge Perkins, were skiing on Imp Peak on Saturday when they triggered an avalanche in a steep, narrow gulley.
Perkins was buried by the 150-foot-wide slide, and Kennedy hiked out for help after he couldn’t find her.
Kennedy was found dead in a home Sunday as search teams prepared to recover Perkins’ body.