Hayden Kennedy在雪崩意外中過世(2017.10.07)

2017年10月初,傳來悲痛的消息:年僅27歲的美國攀登家Hayden Kennedy,在一次滑雪行程中遭遇雪崩,女朋友Inge Perkins當場死亡,他悲痛之餘也隨她而去。

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兩人在攀岩與登山界都有相當的成就。其中,以這麼輕的年紀來說,Hayden Kennedy的攀登成就實在不可思議。他曾攀登世界各地的知名困難攀岩、大壁與alpine路線,包括在21歲時首度「公平攀登」阿根廷的托雷峰東南稜(Cerro Torre),或首攀Indian Creek的著名路線Carbondale short bus (5.14-)等。但他謙遜低調,且對攀登與生死有深刻的體悟。

以下節錄自他死前兩週寫的某次大壁攀登記錄,內容沉重,因為動筆時,該隊伍一半的夥伴都已死在山裡。隨手翻譯如下(中英對照):

I’ve never been a goal-oriented climber so I don’t really see the point in recording my climbs or hyping them up. I don’t really care that much about “sending” routes and I definitely don’t give a fuck if anyone knows when I do send something. I don’t have an 8a.nu scorecard. I don’t hashtag on Instagram. And I’m not on Facebook. I guess that makes me a shitty Millennial …
我並不是以目標為導向的攀登者,因此不太記錄或宣揚自己的行程。我不太管「sending(完成)」路線,就算send了,也不在乎別人知不知道。我沒啥在用8a.nu、Instagram、FB…

I do, however, enjoy reading the “Day I Sent” series on Evening Sends. I’ve noticed many of these stories follow a similar storyline. It’s the classic “Hero’s Journey,” only with bolts and kneepads. The main climber finds the perfect project, battles both physical and psychological hurdles, comes to some kind of internal peace with the whole process, and eventually sends the motherfucker. End of story.
Part of what makes these stories enjoyable to read is that hard routes can bring out some really important, but not always obvious lessons. Routes ticked, cruxes overcome, and summits achieved can be super meaningful, but they’re also not the most important things in life.
然而,我喜歡讀Evening Sends的「Day I Sent」系列。其中很多故事都有類似的情節發展,如某種「英雄的旅程」,不過帶上了bolt與護膝。主角發現一個完美的project,經歷過生理與心理上的種種難關,最終達到某種心靈的平靜,並且搞定該project。故事結束。
喜歡這些故事的部分原因是,困難的路線會帶出某些重要、旦通常隱而不現的課題。完成路線,通過難關,征服頂峰,這些可能都很有意義,但都不是生命中最重要的事物。

The true, lasting meaning, we like to say, is found in the friendships and partnerships that we build while pursuing our climbing goals.
我們總說,真正且持久的意義,在於我們追求攀登目標時建立的友誼與夥伴情誼。

Over the last few years, however, as I’ve watched too many friends go to the mountains only to never return, I’ve realized something painful. It’s not just the memorable summits and crux moves that are fleeting. Friends and climbing partners are fleeting, too. This is the painful reality of our sport, and I’m unsure what to make of it. Climbing is either a beautiful gift or a curse.
然而,最近幾年,我老是看著許多朋友上山,再也沒有回來,這讓我體會到某種痛苦。原來,稍縱即逝的不只有那些值得紀念的登頂或難關動作。朋友與攀登夥伴也是稍縱即逝的。這項運動的現實就是如此痛苦。我不確定該怎麼說。攀登,是項美麗的恩賜,還是詛咒。

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