Ian grew up in the Lake District learning to love the mountains with his parents. He started climbing at 7, where he managed to loose a climbing boot half way up the climb, but continued and finished the climb anyway.
Life took Ian to the USA (via New Zealand) where he qualified as an IFMGA guide through the American Mountain Guides Association. Over the last 10 years Ian has been working as a guide in Colorado enjoying ski guiding the low density powder of the Rocky Mountains, perfect granite cracks and specializing in Avalanche Education, before moving back across the pond to guide in the European Alps.
The expedition to the Matterhorn was my second trip with Alpine Ascents, and it more than lived up to my expectations. The guides were excellent, the climbing was fantastic. This was an excellent trip that only served to further Alpine Ascents standards.