Ian Howell on Mt Kenya; by Terry Burke (June 20th 1987)

Ian Howell on Mt Kenya; by Terry Burke (June 20th 1987)

It is with heavy hearts that we inform you that Ian Howell has passed away surrounded by family on November 26, 2018 in Bath, UK at the well-earned age of 82.

Ian pioneered many climbing routes in Kenya, including at Lukenya, Hell’s Gate, and Mt. Kenya. Astonishingly, he single-handedly built the bivouac hut on the summit of Nelion, in the process completing 13 solo ascents of Nelion in a few week period of 1970.

Longtime climbing partner Iain Allan writes: “He was a climbing force, such as we’ve never witnessed here before… I was privileged to share so many of these climbs with him.” Ian’s impact on Kenyan climbing was enormous and will continue to be felt for generations to come.

We are deeply indebted to Ian for his contributions to climbing in the country, and saddened by the loss to his family, his friends, and the MCK Community.

Please feel free to share stories or testimonies about Ian Howell below. We will keep this page on the MCK website.

 

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Jess Grunblatt from Anchorage, Alaska wrote on December 6, 2018:
I had the great good fortune to spend 7 years in Kenya and the best memories of that time seem to revolve around the Mountain Club and climbing. Ian welcomed you to the club and climbing in a way that challenged you to explore and enjoy the crags. Strategizing wins at the annual MCK Dash, putting up new climbs or exchanging stories over beers at the club house, Ian kept a warm yet competitive atmosphere alive at the club. He leaves a legacy of amazing ascents and good memories.