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New details in fatal Madison Range avalanche

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BOZEMAN - A more detailed report was released Thursday afternoon on the avalanche fatal last Saturday in the southern Madison Range.

Two skiers were caught. Inge Perkins, 23, died after being fully buried.

Her boyfriend Hayden Kennedy, 27, was partially buried, made it out, spent 3 hours looking for her and later took his own life.

Kennedy left a note before he died, telling search and rescue where to look.

Perkins and Kennedy triggered the avalanche while climbing up on skis with skins.

The avalanche was at 10,000 feet on Imp Peak. Both were experienced skiers and had taken a Level 2 avalanche class.

 They had proper gear, but one beacon was turned off in Perkins's backpack.

Record snowfall for this time of year at higher elevations has avalanche experts advising caution.

“So we want everyone to be out there in the backcountry prepared with the rescue gear and know that avalanches are a possibility and travel like it's the middle of winter,” said Alex Marinthal, avalanche specialist with the Gallatin National Avalanche Center.

“Have a partner and travel with one at a time across avalanche terrain and travel through safe areas as much as possible,” Marinthal said.

Click here for the full report of the incident from the Gallatin National Avalanche Center.

And you can click here for a tutorial on how to stay safe and what gear to have in avalanche conditions.

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