Renowned American climber Hayden Kennedy died on October 8, according to one of his sponsors, Black Diamond Equipment. In an Instagram post about the event the company reported that Kennedy and his girlfriend were skiing in Montana’s Madison Range when she was killed by an avalanche. Kennedy then took his own life the next day.
Kennedy’s father, Michael confirmed the deaths in a Facebook post, writing “Hayden survived the avalanche but not the unbearable loss of his partner in life. He chose to end his life. Myself and his mother Julie sorrowfully respect his decision.”
Kennedy was revered for his excellence in basically all aspects of climbing. In 2013, along with Kyle Dempster, Kennedy won the Piolet d’Or for climbing Ogre 1 in Pakistan. The award is alpinism’s greatest honor.
Read Black Diamond’s tribute to the late climber below.