Gripped - - OBITUARY - Gripped

On Oct. 7, ac­com­plished climber Hay­den Kennedy took his own life i n Boze­man, Mont., af­ter the death of his part­ner Inge Perkins. Raised in Car­bon­dale, Colo., the son of famed alpin­ist Michael Kennedy was known for his bold climbs at a young age. His first route up El Cap­i­tan was El Nino, a grade VI 5.13c, with Chris van Leu­ven and Jonas Water­man.

As a teenager, Kennedy was known for quickly climb­ing 5.14 sport routes and 5.13 cracks. A few years later, he es­tab­lished In­dian Creek’s f irst 5.14 crack, Car­bon­dale Short Bus.

His first in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­di­tion was to Patag­o­nia in the 2009/2010 sea­son. He and Ja­son Kruk made the first fair-means as­cent of Cerro Torre. On their de­scent, they re­moved the bolts f rom the Com­pres­sor Route.

Some of Kennedy’s other alpine ac­com­plish­ments in­clude a new route on the east face of K7 and up the south face of The Ogre, both in Alpine Club’s Cut­ting Edge Award for his climbs.

In an in­ter­view with van Leu­ven in 2014, Kennedy said, “I think if you climb in the moun­tains a lot you get your fair share of close calls for sure. I’m just try­ing to have fun and not take it too se­ri­ously.”— 2012. He re­ceived the Amer­i­can

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