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In 2012, I had the good fortune of meeting Hayden Kennedy and his parents on a week long trip to Valhalla Mountain Touring with @liz_daley. I’ll never forget his long, gazelle like stride as we skinned up the mountain. He moved through the mountains with such efficiency and ease. At the top, the sun came out and we shared this view. He had an ear to ear grin as he dropped into the powdery slope. He was always smiling and laughing, and I appreciated his candor. At the time, I was just learning about the world of alpinism. As I learned more about Hayden and his accomplishments, I looked up to him (even though he is 3 years my junior). Hayden made me want to become a better skier and climber. He and Liz lit a fire in me. It’s hard to believe they are no longer with us. I never got to meet Inge, but I have a feeling she would’ve had the same effect. My heart goes out to Hayden and Inge’s family and friends, and everyone they inspired. Sending big hugs all around.
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