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.

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Tim Birch from Hastings wrote on December 7, 2018:
Very sad news. I knew Ian as a fellow cub member of the then Harrow Mountaineering Club in the early 1960s. I was 18 at the time and just getting into climbing. I remember being slightly in awe of him because he was one of the most experienced and best climbers in the club, but he was easy going, very approachable and supportive. One of the nicest people in the club. I still have a copies of the menus for the club's 1962 and 1963 annual dinners which reminded me that he had served as a committee member, and had proposed a toast to the "Ladies and Guests" at the latter. I well remember the post card he sent to us from a trip to the Dolomites showing the Tres Cime de Laverado on which he had marked a dotted line up the face of the Cime Grande with the simple comment. "Did this yesterday"