Ian began climbing with the scouts and his brother in 1972. They both moved on to leading in Lancashire and Yorkshire, but when transport was a problem climbed on the local GPO store wall, until the police believed they were breaking in. Climbing was something you did outdoors back then, and during the winters they ventured out winter climbing, and aid climbing, and visits to Leeds University climbing wall were a way to keep fit.
Meeting various local climbers over the years lead to Ian climbing through many areas of the UK and visits to Norway, France and Spain. Redundancy when twenty-seven lead to taking a degree at Ilkley College and the influence of Pete Livesey. He went on to completing the Mountaineering Instructor Certificate and joining the ranks of professional outdoor instructors. Work at Glenmore Lodge and Plas y Brenin as well as local LEA centres gave him a well-rounded instructing back ground though he always continued climbing for fun, most often with his wife Bev. The acquisition of a small base in Orpierre, France has encouraged him to continue pushing himself on climbing walls and sport climbing.