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