Hayden has been known amongst Coloradans for years for his extreme free climbs and pure athleticism but became world renowned in 2012 when he climbed Patagonia’s Cerro Torre mountain and cut the pre-existing bolts put in place to help other climbers summit the challenging peak. Some saw this as a return to the mountain’s pure form while climbers viewed this act as self-indulgent and adding more danger to other’s safety and well-being. Hayden didn’t care. He was a rebel until the end.
Tragically, this past Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, he and his girlfriend were caught in an avalanche near Bozeman, MT. While Hayden was able to survive his girlfriend, Inge Perkins, did not survive and was killed. Hayden made the choice to take his life instead of moving forward without her.
Hayden Kennedy, Colorado native and rebel until the end, will be missed.