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Oct 12, 2017 - 12:06pm PT
My sincerest condolences to Michael and Julie (who I don't know) and all family and friends. I can't imagine the pain they're experiencing, and if there was a way I could help absorb some of it I would.

Just sad.
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Denver CO
Oct 13, 2017 - 01:28pm PT
Never met him but heard his interviews on the Enormocast and was inspired by what he did on the Compressor Route.

Trad climber
Red Rock
Oct 13, 2017 - 01:30pm PT
^^^Ive said the same thing. Even before this event happened I felt that way....but then Ive never climbed it.. so I really have NO say.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
On the road.
Oct 13, 2017 - 07:30pm PT
He was one of the nicest people Iíve ever met.

right here, right now
Oct 13, 2017 - 09:08pm PT
Obit for Inge and Hayden, by Chris Van Leuven in Climbing magazine:



Interview with Inge Perkins:



Hayden Kennedy, Kyle Dempster, The Ogre, Piolets d'Or 2013 Winners:

Nick Berry, Hayden Kennedy, Hallucinogen Wall, Black Canyon, nine hours, no falls, mank gear in situ, 5.13:


Hayden Kennedy, Carbondale Short Bus, Indian Creek, 5.14-

Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Oct 13, 2017 - 09:50pm PT

Mark said it best.

Trad climber
Oct 14, 2017 - 01:20am PT
Analysis: http://www.mtavalanche.com/accident/17/10/12

Go to the PDF if you want to understand the details

Happy Cowboy

Social climber
Boz MT
Oct 14, 2017 - 04:47am PT
This link c/o CPorter is the complete report. Sad details revealed.
Winters coming...get your beacon working and use it.

Trad climber
Here and there
Oct 14, 2017 - 07:08am PT
A sad tragedy for all involved my condolences for all involved/ affected.

A reminder for all to us to put the beacon on and turn it on when leaving the house. Also not a bad idea to have one of the pieps/BD key fob beacon checkers.
John Mac

Trad climber
Breckenridge, CO
Oct 17, 2017 - 06:41am PT
No need to turn it on at home, just do a frigging beacon test when you leave the trail head or put your skis on!

Be safe out there.

away from the ground
Oct 17, 2017 - 08:49am PT


The abstract-

Abstract: Even though people are capable of making decisions in a thorough and methodical way, it appears that most of the time they donít. A growing body of research suggests that people unconsciously use simple rules of thumb, or heuristics, to navigate the routine complexities of modern life. In this paper, I examine evidence that four of these heuristics Ė familiarity, social proof, commitment and scarcity Ė have influenced the decisions of avalanche victims. Using a quantitative method to define the level of hazard exposure in 598 avalanche accidents in the United States, I compare the behavior of the victims when heuristic cues were present to their behavior when these cues were absent. Key findings of this study include: 1) evidence that social proof, commitment, and scarcity traps were significant in many accidents, 2) evidence that group size influenced susceptibility to certain heuristic traps, and 3) evidence that the level of avalanche training in victims influenced their susceptibility to heuristic traps. These findings strongly support the idea that tools for managing heuristic traps are essential for effective avalanche education.
Robert L

Oct 17, 2017 - 11:58am PT
While turning on the beacon is important. It feels pithy simplistic to...

Black Diamond, who has supported Hayden over the years, helped fund this avalanche awareness project a few years back.

Credit: Robert L
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 17, 2017 - 12:28pm PT
Such benign looking terrain...ugh...

There but for the grace...

Early season, shallow snow pack, wind drifted snow. Tough to consider slope angles especially on the approach to an objective. Especially with no visible slide path, trees, etc. Just didn't look that deadly.

Sure, its a good reminder to get the proper kit and make sure its in good working order, etc...but...you gotta have that brain turned on and tuned in. Even in subtle terrain.

These kids have soooo much horsepower and their gear is top notch. Even with a gob of experience, its hard to maintain focus especially in even a small group.

Good reminder as we head into winter and ski season. Be cautious and conservative.

Take care out there!

Trad climber
Valles Marineris
Oct 18, 2017 - 11:09am PT
Flat out heartbreaking.
Dr Awkward

Trad climber
Oct 18, 2017 - 12:00pm PT
I did not know Hayden, but I got to know Michael and Julie years ago in Aspen. I always considered Michael and Julie to be among the best features of the town; they were talented, vibrant and gracious, just lovely people: icons with great attitudes.

It seems Hayden took that torch in hand and charged forward on the trail blazed by his parents.

I don't know him, and I miss him. My heart breaks for Michael and Julie.

Social climber
carmel, ca
Oct 18, 2017 - 12:10pm PT
We all have done it (pain to stop and dig transceiver out of pack) but when I was taught, standing on snow is when you turn on the beacon. No telling when some little something will collapse and bury you in the backcountry and it is very hard to predict where the victim is buried...seconds count when you can't breathe.

This is not a condemnation of this fine young couple, only human nature to fall into "heuristic traps" when the terrain looks benign.

Simply a tragedy.

Trad climber
Bay Area
Oct 21, 2017 - 04:45pm PT
Something of Hayden's thoughts are in his published words (posted here earlier).

ďOver the last few years, however, as Iíve watched too many friends go to the mountains only to never return, Iíve realized something painful,Ē wrote Hayden in Evening Sends just last month. ďItís not just the memorable summits and crux moves that are fleeting. Friends and climbing partners are fleeting, too. This is the painful reality of our sport, and Iím unsure what to make of it. Climbing is either a beautiful gift or a curse.Ē
Even as a young man, Hayden had already lost many friends. To be present when his lover died would have been a horrendous blow of shock and later survivor's guilt.

My deepest sympathies to Michael, Julie and Allison. I too have lost a son far too young and am sharing your tears.
Fred Glover
Los Gatos, CA

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Oct 21, 2017 - 06:09pm PT

Losing a child is very painful. This lady had four children; three of them were born with Cooley's Anemia. Both she and these three children knew that they would die before they were twenty years old, and all three did.

She said that all three of the children rejoiced in each day they were given. When a friend asked her how she could still be a happy person, after having lost the three children, she basically said that her kids, although they knew their lives would be short, rejoiced in each day, so she could not dishonor them by doing any less.


Trad climber
Oct 21, 2017 - 06:26pm PT
The Bhagavad Gita

Chapter II

19 Who believes him a slayer And who thinks him slain, Both these understand not: He slays not, is not slain.

20. He is not born, nor does he ever die; Nor having come to be, will he ever come not to be. Unborn, eternal, everlasting, this ancient one Is not slain when the body is slain.

22. As leaving aside worn-out garments A man takes other, new ones, So leaving aside worn-out bodies To other, new ones goes the embodied soul.

26. Moreover, even if constantly born Or constantly dying thou considerest him, Even so, great-armed one, thou Shouldst not mourn him,

30. This embodied soul is eternally unslayable In the body of everyone, son of Bharata; Therefore all beings Thou shouldst not mourn.

Social climber
Oct 21, 2017 - 11:51pm PT
hey there say, aspendougy ...

very nice to share that...

everyday, is precious... we live and work,
with what we have, and what we are, and grown and become
'something' that we may not have ever dreamed of-- and, or, more...
for whatever time-space, we have...

that woman taught her kids, to do that well...
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