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Dead climber directs recovery team to girlfriend's body

By: The Associated Press
October 12, 2017 Updated: October 13, 2017 at 6:15 am
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In this undated photo provided by Louis Arevalo, Inge Perkins climbs Cowboy King (5.13c) in Wild Iris, Wyo. Gallatin County sheriff's officials say Perkins was skiing with her boyfriend Hayden Kennedy on Imp Peak on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, when they triggered an avalanche in a steep, narrow gulley. Perkins, was buried by the 150-foot-wide slide. Kennedy, who was partially buried, pulled himself free and hiked out for help after he couldn't find his girlfriend. (Louis Arevalo via AP)

BOZEMAN, Mont. — An accomplished climber who took his own life after his girlfriend died in a southwestern Montana avalanche left directions to lead a recovery team to her body.

Montana Avalanche Death
In this Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, photo provided by the The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center, searchers probe the lower portion of an avalanche debris field for a missing skier on Imp Peak in the southern Madison Range in southwestern Montana. The body of Inge Perkins was recovered after two skiers triggered the weekend avalanche that fully buried Perkins and partially buried renowned mountaineer Hayden Kennedy. After losing his girlfriend in the avalanche, Kennedy "chose to end his life" the following day, his family said Tuesday. (The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center via AP) 

The parents of 27-year-old Hayden Kennedy of Carbondale, Colo., said he survived Saturday's avalanche, but "not the unbearable loss of his partner in life," 23-year-old Inge Perkins of Bozeman.

Doug Chabot with the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center says Kennedy did not call 911 to report the slide. His body was found Sunday in Bozeman.

Chabot says Kennedy left an "incredibly detailed and well-thought-out note" that included the GPS coordinates of where the slide happened.

Montana Avalance Death
In this undated photo provided by Louis Arevalo, Inge Perkins runs on the Tripple Tree Trail in Bozeman, Mont. Gallatin County sheriff's officials say Perkins was skiing with her boyfriend Hayden Kennedy on Imp Peak on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, when they triggered an avalanche in a steep, narrow gulley. Perkins, was buried by the 150-foot-wide slide. Kennedy, who was partially buried, pulled himself free and hiked out for help after he couldn't find his girlfriend. (Louis Arevalo via AP) 

Just two weeks earlier, Kennedy had written on a climbing blog that he had watched too many friends die in the mountains over the last few years.

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