The outdoor industry is devastated after the gut-wrenching news of famous climber Hayden Kennedy’s death. After his father, Michael Kennedy, confirmed his death, we also learned that his partner, Inge Perkins, had died in the avalanche.
The 23-year-old climber and backcountry skier was passionate and accomplished and Mystery Ranch ambassador. Some of the routes she was most proud of include Rodeo Free Europe (14a), Wild Iris; Manhattan Project (14a), The Fins; Vesper (14a), The Fins; The Strawberry Roan (13c/d), Little Popoagie; No Country for Old Men (5.11, trad, 14+ pitches), The Black Canyon; Roadside Prophet (14a), Rifle; and Hook, Line, and Sinker (5.12, 1800’), Mt. Hooker, Wind Rivers.
“Beyond her athletic prowess in the mountains, Inge was one of the most genuinely kind and caring souls I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing,” said Kris Hampton, founder, owner and head coach at Power Company Climbing.
“She wrote letters and thank you notes, and sent post cards when she traveled. Inge valued the friendships and the experience over anything else, and she cultivated those at all moments. I truly can’t say enough about how exceptional she was.”
Hampton says working with her was an incredibly rewarding challenge. “We found each other when I was getting started, and she was first thinking of her future as a mountain athlete. We took a chance on each other, and we grew together as a result. I can now trace a direct line from Inge to many of my current clients.”
Hampton says Perkins’s school, work, adventure, and training schedule was challenging, but she happily embraced it, and excelled at all of it.
“We just sat down together a few weeks ago to discuss future goals and ideas about how to reach them, and it breaks my heart to know that this community won’t get to see her achieve those goals. Her ascents and feats in the mountains will be legendary, and it’s a devastating…