Despite his youth (27), the
mountaineering curriculum of Hayden Kennedy was solid and had two
important moment. He got a Piolet d'Or in 2013 after
open a new route in the Ogre (7,285 m) with Kyle Dempster. He repeated
award at the 2016 ceremony, this time for opening the Light route
before wisdom (1,200 m, 5.11, WI6, M6, A2) on the east side of the Hill
Kishtwar with Marko Prezelj, Urban Novak and Manu Pellissier.
When they gave him his second Piolet
d'Or we met him in France and we asked him about his achievements and
goals. Hayden, a little friend of the cameras, also told us about the
controversy of Cerro Torre that splashed him with force when he eliminated
the burrs of Maestri that were in the Compressor Way.
Last October committed suicide
day after his partner died in an avalanche when both
They were skiing in the Imp Peak of the Madison mountain range (Montana, USA).
With this interview we want to remember your love for the mountain and the
good sense with which he tried to channel his passion.
What style of climbing do you prefer?
I like all types of climbing,
everyone has fun, the variety is interesting, sports
a season to raise your level and then go to the mountains. Me
it seems a good dynamic because I like the change, the different ones
styles keep me motivated .
Do you work for goals?
I adapt well to everything, I'm not very
follow plans or pursue goals like crazy. I will
climb because I like it and, if I feel like doing sports, because
I make. If not, I do something else. I have a job, so that too
influences my routine, there are seasons in which I work a lot and
I climb less.
"If only I were a climber,
I would have so much passion "
Would you like to be a climber
I have some help, but I like it
Do other things besides climbing. If only I were a climber,
I would have so much passion Pausing is good, I like to work and
Explore other facets of life. Climbing is just a very part
small, if you do not open up, you are very short-sighted.
Where do you live?
In a van. I like the style of
life, goes well with my way of being and also is cheaper.
What is it like to be Michael's son?
I do not think of him as a character, he is
just my father, I can not see it with different eyes. Climbing does not
it was a decisive issue in my education until later, when I was more
higher. As a child, my mother or father would take me camping or where
out as mere fun, not to climb.
Was it he who taught you to
Yes, of course. We did sport climbing,
classic, walls, ice, ski …
What was your project more
I do not know if important is the
proper word. I have made certain escalations, at certain times,
that have affected me differently … I do not know what to say! I do not
I really like this question. These are projects that are already done, to the
shit, they left, it's the past. If you think too much about them
you've just lost the sense of things . It's over, it was moments
that we enjoy but live in the past is stupid. Must
Live the present.
"I think social networks are a
You travel often.
I like traveling a lot, it's very cool
because it opens your mind. You see different culture, different people,
his way of life Traveling is a big part of who I am and has
allowed me to realize how fortunate we are many of
us, internalize that we are special … well, not special,
fortunate to be in our situation. Climbing is a luxury, not
we should treat it as something superimportant because it is not, it has
more to do with being a good person . When you travel and see poverty
You can downplay climbing.
Which countries do you like to visit?
I really like Mexico, it's a great
Place for great adventures, great food and nice people. As well
Nepal, India and Pakistan have seemed incredible to me. From Spain
I had heard many things and when I went I lived them all. It is a site
fantastic, for the culture and for the climbing.
The mountain culture of the USA
looks like the European?
It depends. In Slovenia, for example, the
mountaineering culture is very rooted and mountaineering is a part of
the national inheritance They have a system that has been built on
Mountaineering for many years. In the United States, on the other hand,
There is so much of this. Climbing is becoming more popular, but it is not
Majority trend How to explain? I get the feeling that
the American way is lighter … I do not know if I explain myself, less
armed, because we do not have a structure for mountaineering. Although
scale, I think there are a lot of people in the United States who do not know the
history behind, they have no idea who did what in
60, 70 or 80.
What do you think of the networks
I think they are crap and a
stupidity. I am not fascinated by climbing profiles nor are
general, I get the feeling that people are losing the
face-to-face connection, the habit of having a coffee or a
beer and enjoy without phones or cameras. The need for
Telling the world what you do creates false images of us
same. Social networks seem a strange thing to me, but it's in
my hands decide: I do not have and I am satisfied, just like
They use them and enjoy them. You can only judge yourself . If to the
others like them, good for them.
better the opposing positions on Cerro Torre "
How do you feel about the
Controversy of Cerro Torre?
Similar to how I felt in 2012
Although things have changed enough for me since then. The
Cerro Torre has grown in me sometimes it takes time to process
experiences like this. I feel similar to then but I think that
now I can understand better why we did it and also understand
better the opposite positions.
Would you remove the burins from
Yes, without a doubt, I stand firm with the
position. It was a spontaneous decision, but sometimes they are the best
taken. I would not change anything, although I know it's the typical situation
that generates a lot of debate and that raises passions. Sometimes people
they let emotions get over them, I think that was the case in both
sides of the story. I have a feeling that people are
climbing a lot in Patagonia lately, in Cerro Torre in
particular, both on the west side and on the southeast edge. That's me
It looks cool, see people climb and enjoy the routes.
The Cerro Torre was an ascension
that changed your life.
That's a statement too
rotunda. It is true that affected my life, but as much as to say
who changed it … I would not go that far.
But did it affect you?
Yes, it was hard to know that there were many
people angry about something he had done, and not just against
the action itself, but was extended to me as a person . This was
the difficult, I had never faced something like that.
"I'm not sure about the convenience of climbing
something so relevant "
What do you think about the history of
We can talk non-stop about all this,
but it's an old story, I do not know why people ask me
so much. There is not much more to contribute. What can I add? In
In any case, it would not matter what he said. He did what he did,
we the same and life goes on. People can keep poking and
spin it as much as you want, but things are not going to change.
What do you think of the Piolet d'Or?
It generates inner conflict. For
side, there's no reason why you do not like them because you're in France
eating good food and drinking wine, what can you complain about? Do not
It's the third world, so it's ultimately fun.
But I'm not sure about the convenience of climbing
something so relevant. I feel insecure in front of the cameras with
people who ask me things like "How important is your
project? "or" How do you feel? "That is perhaps the
reason that makes me have certain reservations with the Piolet d'Or.
Of the mountain and love: