Kathryn passed away March 17, 2009 from head injuries sustained in a fall while skiing Spacewalk, a chute just south of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort boundary.
She was a native of Columbus, Georgia, who poured her passion into mountaineering and music. She was in her eighth season on the Jackson Hole patrol, having worked earlier in that capacity at Grand Targhee. In spring and summer she led canyoneering and climbing trips for Jackson Hole Mountain Guides of which she used to be a part owner with her ex-husband, Rob Hess.
She loved the canyon country of southern Utah as much as the jams of Widespread Panic, the Grateful Dead and concerts in general. She was an accomplished climber reaching summits from Alaska to the Himalayas.