First of all, I’d like to say that I stole this idea from Jonathan Siegreist’s awesome blog: www.jstarinorbit.com
I thought I would ask some friends of mine some questions… and see what they had to say.
I’ll start it off with my good buddy Hayden Kennedy. Hayden, at age 22, has amassed a gigantic ticklist of hard sport climbs, alpine routes and everything in between. Son of legendary hardman Michael Kennedy, Hayden is a climbing omnivore, and will devore whatever sort of rock is put in front of him.
But, beyond the superior climbing skills he possesses, Hayden is a light-hearted jokester who makes me laugh all the time. He’s also one of the few people even lankier than me- but, I may add, I have him beat by five on chest-hair count, which I’m very happy about. For the last week we’ve been noodling around on a few different projects at Indian Creek. New-wave undone climbs, and old testpieces… it doesn’t really matter. Every day we’ve had a blast, and climbed till dark, gotten covered in sand and drank many 3.2 percent Utah beers.
So, without, further ado, here’s a little interview with a young man that’s been dubbed “The Future.” Hayden pulled no punches in his answers, so I’d like to warn the viewers that this blog post is probably PG-13.
You put up a route in Rifle called ‘Waiting for 21.’ Elaborate on what that means.
HK: When I put that route up I was 17 years old and hanging out in Rifle all the time, where drinking beer and climbing are a match made in heaven. I was underage and didn’t have a fake ID, so it was hard when all of my friends would go to the bars, forcing me to drink alone. This is a hard time in every young man’s life: when you can die in war but you can’t enjoy a beer…the Land of The Free!
(Matt Segal question) When bivying in the mountains, how close is ‘too close’?
HK: I have found that when climbing in the mountains, it’s not gay if you are in a first-light tent, on the side of a scary mountain, and in a two man snuggle bag. Its all about keeping warm and psyched when the times get really rough. With that said, it’s very important to make sure that you beat your partner up afterwards to make everything ok.
What’s next on the chopping block?
HK: I am going chop Matt Segal’s hair and I am going to fill the Cobra Crack in with cement.
You’ve been detained by the Argentine Police for giving Cerro Torre the chop. First of all, I’d to say “Respect.” In my books, that makes you pretty tough. What happened in jail, and do you want to talk about it?
HK: Alot of things happened in jail. But mostly we just drank tea with the police officer and watched ‘The Dark Knight.’ I am going to get a tattoo about the experience, like Tupac.
Thanks buddy. I hope we can climb these projects soon.