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Famous climber kills himself after girlfriend dies in Montana avalance

13 Octobre 2017

The skier has been identified by the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office as 23-year-old Inge Perkins.

The 27-year-old's father, legendary climber Michael Kennedy, issued a statement Tuesday that read, "Inge Perkin's body was recovered by the Gallatin County Search & Rescue at the base of Mt. Imp on October 9th".

As per a Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center report, the slide occurred at around 10,000 ft above sea level as the two were skiing uphill using climbing skins on the bottoms of their skis. He searched in vain but never found Perkins, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported.

The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center said it will release more details later in the week.

"It's not just the memorable summits and crux moves that are fleeting", he wrote, describing a climb in Mexico with three friends who have all since died in the mountains. Friends and climbing partners are fleeting, too.

"He chose to end his life", Michael Kennedy wrote. Reflecting on his ascent of Logical Progression in Mexico alongside Chris Kalous, Kyle Dempster, and Justin Griffin, Hayden remarked: 'There's no easy way to say this, but half that team is now dead.' Hayden wasreferring to Griffin, who died in Nepal in 2015, and to Dempster's disappearance in Pakistan's Ogres past year. Kennedy took his own life as they were preparing to pull her remains free. Justin died in Nepal in 2015. "Myself and his mother Julie sorrowfully respect his decision", Michael Kennedy wrote.

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"I think if you climb in the mountains a lot, you get your fair share of close calls for sure", Kennedy told the magazine.

Kennedy was best known for climbing the Southeast Ridge in Patagonia's Cerro Torre in 2012 and removing numerous bolts placed by controversial Italian climber Cesare Maestri more than 40 years earlier.

The couple had moved to Bozeman so Perkins could pursue a degree in math and education at Montana State University.

Their deaths sent shockwaves through the climbing world, and 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".

"An awareness of mortality prompts us to focus on what's important: developing a strong community of family and friends; engaging in work that stretches us intellectually, creatively and emotionally; understanding that no matter how often we've erred or compromised in the past, we must always try to reach again for the highest ideals", he wrote.

Hayden Kennedy and Inge Perkins were the outdoorsy and adventurous couple you love and hate a little because you're the type of girl who would rather eat a meal and watch Netflix than go rock climbing.

Famous climber kills himself after girlfriend dies in Montana avalance