/ TRAGIC NEWS: Accident in the Alps
EDIT: Short report submitted by Franco Cookson here:
In Memoriam: Ian Jackson:http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=1199
He was from Guisborough, Cleveland.
The local news has just named him as Ian Jackson. Our thoughts must go to his family and the friends who were with him.
I thought it might be him. Christ that's so sad.
May i please ask this thread does not descend into speculation, im sure it wouldn't but it just wouldn't be acceptable.
Seconded. Hope you're doing OK, lad.
Best wishes to you and your friends.
Very sad RIP.
aye, very bad news to start the day... thoughts and prayers to all concerned.
that's terrible news, condolences to all
Terrible news. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
oh my word - so sorry to hear that. Thoughts are with you and Ian's other friends, and his family.
my thoughts and best wished to everyone involved
That's really tragic. Thoughts to all friends and family of Ian.
Tragic news. Don't know what else to say really :-(
such a shame.
i quite liked ian. in the brief online chats we had he seemed quite modest and humble for someone so young who climbed reasonably well.
thoughts are with his family and friends.
Terrible news, was he climbing with Franco, they did a lot together I believe. I was only thinking yesterday about how they were getting on. Sympathies to family and friends x
terrible news - my thoughts are with his family and the lads out there with him
Best wishes to all.
Oh, f*cking hell.
So sorry to hear that Dave. Hope you're doing OK. I'd met Ian and chatted with him online quite a bit, a really nice and enthusiastic guy.
What a sad loss.
I'm utterly shocked. Condolences to his family and friends.
That is terrible news. I can't claim to know Ian, but he always came across as very humble and a sound guy on here.
A terrible loss. Best wishes to everyone involved.
Terrible news, condolences to family and friends.
Only met Ian v.briefly last year, nice lad
I never got round to meeting him, just exchanged emails about a shared love of Whitestonecliffe.
Lost for words, very sad.
He had an endless and boundless enthuisisum for climbing. Nothing ever seemed too much to ask.
We did the Cordier Pillar together last week. Ian stormed up the route putting my fittness to shame. When the ropes got jammed on the descent Ian prussiked up like a machine, with that cheeky grin he always wore. No blame was given to me, even though it was my fault they jammed.
Ian was clearly very driven and I have no doubt that in five years time he would have been one of the`leading lights of British climbing.
I have no bad memories or words to say about Ian.
A lot of wine was drunk last night in his memory.
I'm not convinced this climbing lark is worth it.
Awful awful awful news. From his posts on UKC he seemed a fantastic young person Ė thoughtful and adventurous. my heartfelt condolences to his family and close friends. RIP.
Didn't know him, but there's clearly a lot of love on here, truly a sorry event.
My condolences to friends and family.
I didn't know Ian at all but was really struck by his love of climbing on the NY Moors and his wonderful sense of adventure. A very sad loss.
I don't really know what to say. A terrible loss, really, really awful. My thoughts go out to Ian's friends and family.
Likewise, had never met Ian, but his postings on here spoke volumes about his maturity, good humour, humble enthusiasm, and love of climbing. He was the kind of lad most of us would have liked to go cragging with.
My thoughts today are with his family, and with his mates both in the UK and coping with it all out in the Alps.
I find it very sobering that accidents like this can still happen to someone who was clearly experienced and talented. I can only add my condolences to the long list here.
I met Ian just over two weeks ago at the Couvercle Hut. He had soloed the Whymper Couloir that morning. Myself and a friend were still recovering from our ascent the previous day.
I'm not ashamed to say I viewed this young lad with some envy and intrigue. His enthuisiam and ambition were clearly apparent. He was obviously an exceptional character and destined to do great things in the mountains.
A huge loss.
thoughts with his friends and family
A cold shock to hear his name on the radio this morning. Thoughts to all Ian's friends and family.
Such sad news. My thoughts and condolences go out to Franco and the guys that were with him and his family.
So sorry for his family and friends, stunned that the most experienced of the moors contingent was to die that way.
Condolences to family and friends, I met Ian at the start of his gap year last summer at Shepherdís crag, I hope he managed to achieve all of his aims he so enthusiastically talked about for this year before such tragedy. RIP
I had the same thoughts the only time I ever saw him and his friends climbing. Just seeing him that day had made me wish I had taken up climbing properly years ago so that I could (possibly) be more confident now.
A very sad loss indeed. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
This speaks alot about Ian. I think everyone that met him, felt this way.
Jesus, I didn't realise it was Ian Jackson. What a terrible shock. I always liked him from what I had read on UKC. It really drives home a sense of awful perspective when something like this happens.
In reply to Tom Ripley:
While things like this are catastrophic for those most immediately affected and quite rightly make us all stop to think, I'd say it's still got to be worth it or we quite simply wouldn't still be doing it. But that doesn't make it risk free, and many of us here probably know people who've been killed or badly injured climbing. It's 22 years (which is half my lifetime up till now) since the first person I knew was killed climbing, but I still vividly remember my father (who also climbed, and had lost friends through the sport) reassuring me that, while it's likely to happen to someone you know sooner or later if you keep climbing long enough, that's no reason in itself not to climb. So I'm terribly sorry to hear about Ian, but hope he'd want you to keep climbing after quite rightfully questioning things now.
I didn't know Ian personally, but I do remember him on these forums. I remember being very surprised to find out how young he was given the very knowledgable, calm and honest nature of his posts.
Awfull news. My condolences to all his family and friends.
Very sorry to hear this although I am not currently a climber and had not met Ian but I have lost friends in the past and it is particularly sad when someone dies so young and with such a promising future. Condolences to his family and friends.
Terrible news. Condolences to his family and friends.
Tom its worth it, this was a tragic accident, almost a silly one considering what Ian had done, but these thoughts have happened to me when I have lost friends in the mountains, just say to yourself, what would Ian have wanted me to do, give up, stop crossing the road, of course he wouldn't, his memory will be better served by you carrying on climbing , and taking care.
I met Ian once at Raven Crag while I was climbing with someone else but we ended up doing a route together. He seemed a totally committed and enthusiastic lad.
My love and sympathy to those who were close to him, family & friends.
Considering you lot have been off to the Alps, up in Scotland and loads of other places, doing pretty adventurous, committing and difficult routes, it seems such a waste for it to all end while sport climbing.
Tom, it'll take a bit of time and strength and a lot of soul searching, but as others have said, I'm sure the last thing he would have wanted is for any of you to be put off climbing.
A friend of mine died a couple of years ago while scrambling in Glencoe, and now whenever I'm on easy ground it makes me go a little slower, take a bit more time, but there's no reason to stop. Take care out there!
Condolences to family and friends,especially to those with Ian at the time.
I can't claim to have ever met Ian or even chatted directly to him but just recognising his name off here has given me an odd feeling.
Deepest sympathies to the family and all those involved.
Very sad news, sympathy and condolences to his family and friends.
Thats a real tragedy. I was out in Cham when I was 18 and remember phoning home for my A level results. There but for the grace of God....
Same, he came across as a really nice enthusiastic guy to me from reading his posts. My deepest condolences to all those involved, such a shame to see a life cut short.
Like many others didn't know Ian directly but from reading the forum he appeared a helpful, knowledgable and pleasant guy.
I didn't know Ian but those photos and his posts bring him across as an extremely happy and enthusiastic chap.
I have no doubt he was starting along a very successful and enjoyable career in the Alps.
A very sad day.
Thanks for sharing those photos Tom.........ahh the golden carefree days of youth..............shocking and so sad that this should have happened.
My condolences to friends and family.
To Tom, Franco, Dave and all the other "young turks" on this site. Give your friend a bloody good send off. If you are going to have a party/wake mail me and I will send you a cheque for some booze or maybe you could start a memorial fund for Ian - something like the Conville Trust? - I'm sure UKCers would contribute.
I kinow you will all be soul searching about your own climbing now, but please try to learn something from this tragedy and get straight back out there into the mountains and crags that you all so obviously love. Im sure thats what Ian would want you all to do.
Ian probably packed a lot of life into those 19 years , so celebrate that.
My love and best wishes to you all and to Ians family.
I had the pleasure of meeting Ian earlier this year as he was soloing a bit on Stanage. Condolences to Ian's family and friends.
It brings to mind a near miss that happened during one of my uni trips at Les Gaillands where the climber reached the top but confusion in comminications lead to the leader sitting on the rope at the same time that the belayer took him off belay. The climber was ok but there were a lot of pale faces at the camp site that night. I guess it just goes to show how innocent mistakes can result in tragedy.
A tragic loss.
Oh he was only a lad still :o( My deepest condolences to his family and friends and , don't quite know what to say..
Very sad - very sobering. I've spent the day reliving all my climbing near misses over the last 30 years.
I'm sorry you young men had to experience this. It is so tragic that a teenager embarking on such a wonderful time of his life should die so suddenly. I hope there is some solace in knowing that your camaraderie and adventurousness would have made his time with you more rewarding. My thoughts and sympathy are with you and Ian's other friends and family.
Can i just say thanks to everyone for this, Ian was my cousin, he was great, we wern't exactly close but i looked up to him, he was outgoing and smart. god i miss him
So thanks for all the condolences. we all need to pull together at a time like this. we all appreicate this.
I can't look at those photos without bursting into tears :-( Probably something to do with me being the mum of a similarly aged, enthusiastic and talented young climber who I thought I was going to lose 3 years ago in a climbing accident. However, I can only start to imagine the awful awful feeling of loss that his parents will be feeling right now. His mates that he was climbing with will need a major amount of support on their return too, having witnessed such an horrific accident. Hopefully something positive can somehow be brought out of this tragic event.
This is really very sad.
It's awful that it takes something as tragic as this to remind us that the dangers of our chosen sport, that we sometimes deny are there, are ever present and just waiting for our mistakes.
My thoughts go out to Ian's family and friends.
However as my brother said to me today, with a smile, "He died whilst doing the one thing he loved" which is how most people would want it to end.
Like everyone else, my heart goes out to him, his family and all his friends.
This is such sad news. My deepest sympathies to his friends and family.
as a friend i,m totally devastated.
Shocking and terrible news. Condolences to family and friends.
Can I add my condolences as well, very sad news.
Condolonces to everyone who knew him. Awful news :(
i almost posted this earlier. Condolences to the Family, friends and those involved.
Terrible news!! I met Ian at Lawrencefield back in Feb and he seemed incredibly keen and quite bold on the sharp end... He took a massive lob off Billy Whizz and just said "Don't worry, I usually bounce!"
My condolences to his friends and family.
He had loads to say, and was full of ideas, quite inspiring. As another guy with me said, he made us feel very old, which is difficult considering i'm 22.
Last night a group of the people who had climbed and camped with him over the last couple of weeks got very drunk late into the night. Remembering him made us not only miserable but also to laugh a lot.
The last copuple of weeks hve been some of the best i can remember. I think Ian would have said the same.
My main worry is that Ian's family won't understand the reason's behind his climbing.
He truly loved all the experiences we went through and was always completely without ego, climbing for the line and for enoyment, rather than grades.
The trip up the cordia pillar was the best climb of my life. The great sence of friendship, between all five of us and the shared expeirence was truly something only climbing can give.
He was a far more rounded climber than me, climbing for the love of it.
Both amazing but sad stories of him.
Sorry to hear about it.
Maybe they'll ask and you can try and gently explain all the positive reasons for climbing.
Greatest sympathies to all who knew him.
RE: david hooper - your Idea sounds great I for one would certainly contribute to some kind of memorial fund.
Be safe lads and don't let this stop you from doing what you and Ian loved so much. I have no doubt that Ian wouldn't want it anyother way.
Ian, you will be very dearly missed and you will be remembered for your cheeky smile and your ability as a climber/mountaineer for eternity
I never met Ian, may I offer my sincere condolences to his family and friends.
The rest of you out there take care...
In Memoriam: Ian Jackson
Very sad to hear about Ian, I hope his family and friends manage.
Little I can add to what people have already said. My thoughts to his family and friends.
Very sad news.
My condolences to Ian's family and friends.
Really sad to hear this about a young guy giving his all in the Alps, livng his youth in a way that a lot of the more mature on here, me included, would love to be able to re-live.
To Tom, Franco et al: thinking of you guys here. I hope you all get back into the mountains that, like Ian, you clearly love.
I didn't know Ian but it sounds like he touched the lives of many. He sounds like he was a fine young man and I think I'd've liked to have know him.
I can't imagine how his friends and family must be feeling right now but I'm thinking about you all.
Condolences to all his friends and family. Terrible accident, I hope Franco and the rest of the lads can still get out there and do what they enjoy the most.
Very sad news - condolences to his family and friends.
I've never met Ian, but through his UKC posts he stuck me as an enthusiastic and obviously sincere young man, and I've little doubt he would have become a great climber and mountaineer, had not destiny been so unkind with him.
And as a parent of two kids of more or less Ian's age, I can just imagine the grief and sense of loss that Ian's family is experiencing now.
I think I can speak for all Italian climbers when I send my most heartfelt condolences to Ian family and friends.
I was climbing at Les Gaillands a few weeks back at the end of a trip. Lovely place to climb with great views and I'm sure Ian and his friends were enjoying themselves. But it brings all back to me and I almost feel there with them when it happened. Such a shame at such a young age.
As Al said so well (thanks), it's not a reason to give up climbing but to reflect and celebrate Ian's life and love of climbing. And to take care out there, particularly you youngsters :)
Thanks Tom for uploading those photos. Had a hard job looking at them but they're great and I'm sure his friends and family will treasure them in years to come.
I'm really pleased to see the lack of speculation as well. It was a tragic accident, enough said I think.
I will raise my glass in celebration of Ian's life though I did not know him other than through UKC. If talk of a fund of some type is serious, I would like to contribute.
Shocked and saddened to read this news.
Condolences to all that are close to Ian.
very sad to hear this terrible news my thoughts are with all his family and friends. i didnt meet him but he seemed a great guy from what i know off him on here.
franco and co just please dont let this stop you doing what ian loved so much just stay safe.
I heard about this this morning on the radio, but have only just realised Ian was the climber I met one night at the argentiere campsite.
I wondered over to sit with a few guys who I was doing the conville course with, and Ian instantly introduced himself with a massive grin and a warm handshake.
We chatted quite a bit that night, and he came across as a brilliantly genuine guy who was absolutely in his element, and doing just what he lived for. I have no doubt he would have gone on to be a brilliant ambassador for our sport. Although it is tragic that he is no longer with us, I have no doubts from chatting to him that night, and seeing what he said about climbing, that is was an activity that deeply enriched his life, and that without it he would not have been the same grinning, full of life guy that I instantly warmed to.
Ian is the first person I have known in any way who has been killed climbing, and the slow realisation that it was him , initially hoping that it was just someone similar looking, then slowly realising that it wasn't is kind of hard.
Franco, tom, et al - My thoughts are with you guys. Loosing a climbing partner is something no one wants to have to think about, and to do so can't be easy for anyone. I really hope you can make some sense of climbing, and what it all means. It would be a real shame if you guys lost your passion for what seemed to be the love of Ian's life. It sounds like you guys had a bit of a heavy night last night, and may well have a few more, but hopefully you can smile at Ian's memory, how much he achieved and who he was. From my short time spent with him, I really got the impression that he would have it no other way
The last time I saw Ian was at the bus stop leaving the argentiere campsite, when he game me another massive toothey grin, a wave, and a shout of "have fun mate"
Ultimately, a proper, genuine climbing gent.
Condolences to all his family and friends. Hopefully that can at least take some comfort from the fact that he was in his element during the time he was out there.
Have fun mate
Alan & Lillian
unbelievably sad news to hear today and finding it hard to come to terms with what has happened. deepest and sincere sympathy goes out to family and friends of ian who was a very gifted climber and very passionate about it,
rest in peace mate.
i,ll see if i can dig out a picture or 2 of ian and put on site.
maybe next years lakes festivel could be the ian jackson memorial ?
I met Ian briefly when he was soloing at Stanage. He came up and introduced himself in a really open friendly manner just because he recognised me off the forums. I was quite startled but really taken with his charisma and obvious love of climbing, and I thought when I was watching him that he would be a name in climbing one day. I'm really saddened by his death.
Very sad to see a promising young life lost too early... doing something he clearly loved.
Condolences to all his family and friends.
As everyone else has said, My thought are with his family and friends
Condolences, this is terrible news.
To Franco, Dave, Tom and the rest of you young guns out there I always enjoy reading your posts from the sidelines and can only ever dream of achieving what you all have so far! My thoughts are with you, be safe, but never give up on the spirit of adventure!
La Sham :-(
Just been alerted to this. Sincere condolences from CiderNut, climbingpixie, Dan (dpmUK), James, and myself. sad news indeed :-(
Just adding to all that has been said, condolances to friends and family.
Had shared a few emails with Ian in the past, and he always seemed like a top guy.
My thoughts and condolences to those who were with him and to his friends and family.
In tears reading this, although I had never met him. RIP Ian.
My condolences to all his family and friends.
To me - and I doubt if I'm alone in this - Ian was a breath of fresh air on the climbing scene; particularly of note were his boundless enthusiasm and his ability to relate to fellow-climbers of all ages, from 15-70+
As a - dare I say it? - middle-aged climber and a jaded school-teacher, Ian did a lot to restore my faith in British youth.
I hope that you and Dave W. will carry on as you were doing - aiming high and living life to the full.
Heard about this on the radio this morning. Deepest sympathies to all his family and friends.
Condolences to friends and family.
Deacon & Lauren
I didn't know Ian, but as a climber of the same age...
Rest in peace
but for the grace of god...
climbing is a very worthy sport and should always be done with care no matter how experienced the climber, so keep on doing it in his memory...
our thoughts are with his family and friends who have to live with this tragic loss.
This is very sad news indeed. Sincere condolences to the Jackson family and all of Ian's friends at an impossibly difficult time.
A fund would be good. I was cut up last night, and I still can't stop crying this morning thinking about him and what his friends and family must be going through. Emma you're one brave person, it sounds like you two are from the same mould.
Alan had met Ian last year up at the mighty Wainstones.
This from Alan's blog with a mention of Ian:
Tuesday, September 18th, 2007
"As luck would have it the CMC (Cleveland Mountaineering Club) had planned a meet for the Wainstones on that same evening - now thatís pretty damn keen: an isolated and exposed crag with a 30 minute walk-in, for an evening meet when the weather might be a bit dodgy! Anyway we were just packing up when most of the members arrived since it was too cold for us southern softies (more of that later). Having just bottled out of West Sphinx Direct - my excuse is that I didnít have the required micro-wires to protect the bold move over the initial bulge but it was probably lack of motivation and cold fingers - we were leaving the crag since it was way too cold to actually climb. So when I later found out that keen CMC member Ian Jackson had not only climbed at the Wainstones in that freezing wind, he had also managed West Sphinx Direct, I was pretty damn impressed. He is not that tall either which I understand from shorty Jon Readís comments makes the top move even harder."
Very saddening news indeed. It's never nice to hear of the passing of someone so young. RIP Ian, and my thoughts and sincere condolences to all who knew him.
I didn't know Ian, only through reading his posts on UKC. He seemed like a bright, upcoming light in the climbing world and reading of his adventures certainly brought a smile and memories of carefree days among the hills. My deepest sympathies to his family, his friends and all those who knew him.
Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with Ians family and friends at this time.
With our deepest sympathy
Jo and Nick
I did not know Ian but I have been in contact with franco over the last few weeks with a view to getting some stuff done, i am out in cham from 19th aug. I want to extend my sympathies to Ian's friends and family. I would also like to pledge something towards Ian's friends out in cham just now, to have a send off. I have a mate out there who can meet with the guys to give him something on my behalf.
Really sad news. I was out there only the other week and the news was sobering. Dont give up the sport you love because of such a tragic accident, be aware of your vaunerability but use it to enjoy life all the more, live for the moment and climb in Ians memory.
RIP mate, you will clearly be missed by many
Looking at the memorial on here, no matter what anyone says, his life has not been wasted.
Some of the pictures of Ian on his adventures are awe-inspiring!
A sad loss...
His enthusiasm for the hills he obviously loved was very inspiring, his posts on here are testament to that.
I was shocked to hear the news yesterday, my sincere condolances.
As a fellow North East based climber i didn't know Ian personally but i had shared a crag with him afew times when i was starting out. Obviously very talented and came across really well.
As with the rest of the RT community, I can only offer sincere sympathies. As someone who gave his own family quite a scare through climbing, at about the same age, I realise that his loved ones will always struggle to understand why we do this thing. As a parent, I have come to wonder whether I can justify continuing to climb. What an awful loss - but never a waste of a life. He obviously did some marvellous stuff and touched a lot of people - a life well lived, however short.
RIP Ian. Your enthusiasm was infectious and epitomised what climbing is all about. Thoughts and condolances to family & friends.
cant say anymore than what has been said other than heartfelt condolences to all concerned.
We will be helping Ian's family in any way we can, and also of course the 'youth team' with their arrangements.
Neil Cookson (plus Franco's Mum)
Deepest sympathy and condolences to all concerned.
I was too distraught to post anything yesterday and most of what I could post has already been said. (My son Luke is one of the group of young lads who was out there with Ian).
Ian stayed at our house in the Peak District on several occasions or popped in for a brew. He would spend hours going through my guidebooks or climbing library researching routes and ways up mountains. We spent lots of time chatting about routes late into the night and drinking wine. It was amazing that unlike most other lads of his age, Ian would be up early (7am) back into the books, drinking coffee whilst the other lads would still be in bed.
His enthusiasm for climbing and appetite for routes were truly amazing. He never had a bad word for anyone. I remember one discussion we had after there had been some negative comments about one of his ďadventuresĒ on UKC forums. Ian was humility itself, totally able to put his hands up and say he got it wrong, something extremely rare in a teenager.
Ianís track record of ascents both in the U.K., the Dolomites and Chamonix is amazing and British climbing has certainly been robbed of one of its future stars.
Ian, I was glad to have known you.
Rest in peace mate.
What a lovely,lovely young man Ian was. Whenever he called into the shop he was always full of beans about where he had been or where he was going, whether it was local (just up Highcliff) or over to the lakes or further afield.
He would just call in for a chat telling me of his adventures in France and New Zealand always smiling, always polite.
The last time he called in was to get some chalk for his upcoming trip to France before he settled down to his studies at a University in Wales.
'Why Wales' I asked. 'well it's really good for climbing!' he replied with his cheeky grin.
My condolences go out to his family and friends at this sad,sad time.
having left chamonix on thursday, this is pretty grim news to return home to... although i didn't know him, i think we were on the same bus out to cham a few weeks ago. (?) he's certainly a familiar face and i saw him about a few times after that. my thoughts are with the family and those of you still out in france emx
All my sympathies go out to his friends & family.
Sincerest condolences to all family and friends at a time of shock at such a tragic and heartfelt loss.
Reading this thread it seems in his short years he touched many in such a positive way.
And in the Telegraph:
Both refreshingly free of uninformed speculation.
Ian was a much thought of member of The Cleveland Mountaineering Club.
He will always be remembered for his cheerful, laid-back nature and his burning passion for climbing. He will be sadly missed.
Our deepest sympathies go to his family
He will be missed and his death is a great loss.RIP.
Huge condolences to all his friends and family. Having lost friends to "sport" whilst abroad with them I can understand what the young lads are going through, and can only wish them all the best. It is very, very difficult. Ian sounded like a top lad, and very much psyched for his climbing, and literally there are no words.
Never met the guy, but it sounds like he was a throughly nice guy who simply loved climbing and loved being in the mountains
My condolences to all who knew him
How very sad, a young man who lived life to the full an inspiration to us all.
Sympathy to friend and family.
I never got the chance to meet ian, but read many of his posts on here.
He was without a doubt, an exceptional man, who touched many lives.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Rest in Peace Ian x
have spoken to franco today and understandably he,s devastated and upset can i ask anyone out there to keep an eye on those obviously effected by this tragic incident.
I know how awful it must be for those who were with him. It's exactly a year since my friend Rick was killed in the Alps and this is bringing it all back. Ian was much younger and no words can express the magnitude or complexity of this.
It's been so good up until now; to hear and read about Ian, Tom and Franco and their adventures, enthusiasm and talent. Wanting to encourage them. Trying to forget that things can go wrong, even though as older people we know that and have seen it all before. Now I don't know what to say. I'm so sorry.
I wish I could have witnessed you climbing, the experience looks amazing, you are unbelievably brave! No matter how many falls/mistakes you made, you never saw them as a barrier, but a reason to carry on; you carried on because you were truly devoted.
Iím glad I had you to grow up with and Iím glad I have you to set an example for me, it is one I am proud to follow. Remember when all four of us (me, you, Anthony and David) used to dress up in our army clothes and build dens up the woods. We used to take it so seriously, setting traps so no-one could go near our den. Iíll never forget all the happy memories.
You were always happy, always optimistic and thatís what made you such a fun person to be around. Iím proud to call you my cousin.
Iím not surprised god chose you to join him up there, who wouldnít want to be in your company. As nanna said ďgod only takes the good onesĒ. You just confirmed that.
Always in my thoughts,
All my love,
I met Ian at the end of June at Stanage, where he was easily soloing various routes that were beyond my abilities.
I chatted to him between routes found him a very likeable and down to earth young guy. I found out that he'd been taught by my friend's wife in Guisborough and looked forward to telling her that I'd met one of her 'old boys' and what an impressive young climber he was.
I felt as if I was in the presence of a 'proper' climber, someone who was doing routes that I never would and who was committed in a way that an aging bumbling punter like myself never could be. Watching him made me feel old and scared and out of my depth. But talking to him he made me feel like part of the gang, an equal.
I snapped a few pictures of him on Flying Buttress Direct with his camera, trying to lead it, taking the 'dangle of shame' and them completing the route. I envied his technical ability, his calm head, his relish for the moves and his desire to enjoy the route and not the grade.
He seemed a good guy. I liked him. I'm so sorry he's gone and I'm so sorry for his family and friends. Rest in peace Ian.
Been in the Outer Hebrides until today and only saw this in the paper this morning. It's had me shaken all day. I met Ian with his pal another Ian in the CMC hut in February this year. On a day of howling gales in which I could barely stand up and my dog was blown off her feet, the pair of them were going for a stroll up Sharp Edge. I was worried for them but subsequent postings on here the next day told me of their safe survival. I formed the opinion that here was a guy with massive enthusiasm as well as lots of skill.
It's a bloody shame. Of course, I can only imagine what his family and friends are going through. My thoughts are with them. RIP Ian.
A huge loss to the climbing community.
Best wishes to his family and friends.
Ben Cunnington, Notts.
Tragic news to hear.
Ian, along with some of his friends in the CMC, were the first to teach me to climb outdoors, a few years back. He was always incredibly enthusiastic and never seemed disappointed to lead a Diff or VDiff (despite climbing with the others at a higher grade), so I could second it.
This Thursday, I was just flicking through the Rockfax guide to the area and noticed a photo of him climbing E3. Whilst I haven't seen him for a few years, it didn't particularly surprise me to see how he has progressed I am still happy on Severes!
Taking up a hobby at such a late stage, he was an inspiration (being younger than me) that egos could be set aside and the sport could be enjoyed for the routes and the outdoors, irrespective of ability.
A sunny morning at Scugdale today was a good reminder of my beginnings.
Ive known Ian since secondary school, When he wore his jam jar glasses. He introduced me to climbing at our school and even then had great enthusiasm for the sport. Soon after we bought our first rope and a set of old nuts and stole some carabiners from school (we gave them back) and set off to Highcliffe crag. After vigourous top roping sessions we started leading and our climbing blossomed.
We learned from our mistakes early on, for example the lakes is not often sunny no matter how much you will it and the last day is always best. We met Luke Hunt in college and he took us to the dolomites Ian and Luke climbing the Rosengarten Spitze me and ben sitting this one out =). They sat out a huge storm at the top me and ben quivered in our tents, they arrived finally at 1am.
Ian has always been the bravest of us, often being the first to lead we looked up to him, I was often jealous of how easy he made things look. Except on slabs on which he made it clear how much he hated them "I hate slabs" often being shouted down and this became his method of coaxing me up climbs "go on i cant do slabs, you love them" "shut up! im climbing!" i often replied =) even this fear he soon conquered.
In 2008 we visited cham for the first time, the first day we saw...clouds and rain and a bit of lightning. the next morning gave us our first glimpse of the auguille du midi. we plodded around in the snow a bit near the petite verte, ian far more competent than me (i had only climbed snow once before) and ian slid down shocking some french climbers and i plodded after him. the next morning we were up at 6ish cought the earliest lift up and climbed the frendo spur, ian showing no fear and pushing me up the last few hundred metres (I hadnt eaten my mars bars) Ian stormed up the last pitches me in tow. However if it hadnt been for my really good impression of a really tired person looking like they wanted nothing mre than to lay down and die we may never hav got wine and food in the cable car station =).
Last year i never climbed with him much, finding excuses not to go but secretly scared. I took a few months out of climbing and i feel i held him back, he often never had a climbing partner but he always believed in me even when i didnt. I'll never forget all the times we had together Ive done my best climbs with him i hope he thinks the same of me. I still think i can just ring him up and say 'Ian your photo's in the news =)'. He was my best friend and he will always be missed I hope a little bit of him can always live in us. Theres so much more to say but its difficult to find words Im sorry Ian that i didnt climb with you more and im sorry i never went to Chamonix. I will always value the memories.
I took Ian to the Dolomites when he was 16 with my son Luke and friends
I was priveledged to have spent three weeks with such a lovely selfless lad.He was an example for us all to follow.He was always willing to help out and poured oil on troubled waters.
It would be just great if next years Lakes Festival could be an Ian Jackson memorial. I am starting an Ian Jackson Memorial fund here in Guisborough and hope to put up a bench above his home at High cliffe
I saw his mother yesterday and she said they are thinking of scattering his ashes up there at a place he loved.
Thank you for every ones thoughts and condolances .He was a truely outstanding lad
Please can anyone in Chamonix look out for the lads
Gaynor (Ians friend)
Im truly touched.
You will always be in our thoughts
Aunty Jackie & Uncle Mike X
i belive he is the sort of man who the climbing comuntiy will miss greatly.
What a terrible loss of such a wonderful person at such a tender age.
The testimonies on here are, what I imagine we all would wish for at the end of our lives.
R.I.P Ian & condolences to all that feel the loss of this guy
> Ian was clearly very driven and I have no doubt that in five years time he would have been one of the`leading lights of British climbing.
> I have no bad memories or words to say about Ian.
> A lot of wine was drunk last night in his memory.
> I'm not convinced this climbing lark is worth it.
Sorry to hear that Tom (Ripley)
Unfortunately it reminded me of a similar thing that happened at the same crag when I was on my first trip there in 1986. Someone fell the length of the crag and wrapped themselves around a block - I heard they died the next day in hospital.It was worse because one of the watching tourists came over with their video camera and was filming the attempts to help the victim.
As for the risk. ... You need to make that choice, and I think if you manage the risks you can - and it seems you have the skills you will likely last a long time. You can't really manage some things in the hills any more than you can manage that drunk driver coming the other way on the road.
I started climbing in the Mountains in country with a small climbing community and was involved in Mountain Rescue so it was quite usual for me to know almost everyone who died in the NZ mountains and the NZ Alpine Club obits section was seldom empty of friends or acquaintances. It is hard to deal with. I don't mountaineer much these days after a close call made me reappraise why I was climbing in the first place - and I found I had been drawn into the "hard climbs vortex" rather than my original reasons to get to beautiful places and take pictures. You don't need to stop, you just need to remember.
Sincere condolences. From what I've read Ian was a talented young climber and a respected and well liked bloke. A terrible loss. My thoughts go to his family and all his friends.
i myself have had the feeling that sometimes its not worth the risk, and sometimes, it is.
Franco & Tom etc- i hope you are all keeping your chins up and are not too downhearted ( a silly notion i know)
have a drink and a toast from me, and try and remember why you are in cham, and not let this tragedy ruin your passion for the hills.
I am sure that Ian is aware of all our thoughts and I smiled when I read his aunt's comments about Ian pestering god for bigger clouds to climb. That is an image to retain! I have a feeling there might be quite a good climbing community up there!
Best wishes to all affected by this loss. xx
Sorry I could not say more in my earlier posting, I was lost for words, stunned that someone who seemed the stabilising influence of the moors lads should die that way.
Other friends I have lost have been the same, the last person you would think would go get killed protecting others.
Nearly 50 years ago, another lad called Bob Jackson got killed in the alps, someone I had taught and I decided then not to teach anyone else and bring heartache to other parents. Later I realised that they would still climb so now I encourage, but try to instill some safety into their climbing.
Reading all this, I hope it shows that he was well thought of and liked by all who met him. A fine obituary testament.
Unbelievably sad news. He was such a driven and passionate climber, and was such a positive influence on those around him.
Walk on sunshine Ian
With all our love, forever in our hearts
Lez, Brett, Michael, Andrew, Kate, Richard and Tanisha
So sorry for this news. Condolences to friends and family.
Aunty Irene and Uncle Geoff
I never met Ian but was always struck in his posts not only by his talent and enthusiasm for climbing but his common sense and maturity.
I remember being really impressed when I discovered his age.
My condolences to his family and his friends.
I never knew Ian in person, only here on the forums. I was so shocked and shaken to hear his name in the news...I dont know what else to say except that he is an inspiration to me and he will be clearly missed by the climbing community. My deepest condolences to all his family and friends, I'm so sorry x
BE DOUBLY SAFE climbers everywhere. Peter Killick.
> Angela Jackson
Dear Angela, it is no consolation to you to know there are others who have experience of your tragedy, my son Jake died at Symonds Yat while climbing three years ago. My thoughts and condolances, Peter.
My thoughts are still with Ian's family and rob.
I'm so glad you have carried on with another climb Ian would be so proud. I spoke to your mum this morning Franco which was really comforting. enjoy the rest of your week and take care.
I hope to catch up with all you boys on your return to hear some happy stories of Ian.
With Love from your cousin Jacqui, Rob, Melinda, Justin, Abi, Nick, Sandrene, Isabelle, Matthew and Kimmy.
Ian was a great person to be around, and was one of the most modest and down-to-earth mountaineers I have ever met. He was extremely competent and had a great sense of adventure which rubbed off on everyone he talked to.
Rest in peace mate, my thoughts are with your family and friends.
Sad and shocking to hear about Ian's death. We raised a glass or two for him on Friday night. I met him at the Lakes festival and he seemed such a sound and enthusiastic guy, the same as he came across on here. Can't look at Tom's pictures without crying. My deepest sympathies are with his family and friends.
Came back from sport climbing in France myself yesterday and was shocked and saddened to hear the news. My deepest sympathies to his family, friends and all that knew him. He seemed a fantastic guy and an incredible climber.
I read about this in the paper last week and didn't realise it was someone from the forums. Its strange, I've never met Ian, but I've read his posts on here, and it feels very much like we've lost one of our own.
Deepest condolences to his family and friends; its such a terrible loss of a young life.
To Ian, I congratulate you on infecting so many people with your enthusiasm, a rare gift.
I'm in awe of the response on here, it shows just how much his contribution to the climbing world will be sorely missed.
Rest In Peace mate, you deserve that at the very least.
Can I add my condolences?
I never knew him face to face, but on line he seemed a great bloke.
My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.
we will miss you Aunty Joan Uncle Bill and Family, Rita, Mike & family & Claire XXXX
Our love and thoughts are with all the family
are you from sailsbury
thanks for the lovely flowers and thoughts i have been over whelmed by the people ian knew it has been a big comfort even though the truth hasn't made me believe he wont be coming back he was a lovely son who i loved deeply as well as my other children i thank every body for there support no words can say any more i will miss him so much and it hasn't sunk in yet love you all
The Rowan Tree
Though I cannot lie down with you
I will lay beneath the rowan tree
that protector against unseen harms.
and though I cannot smell the scent of your hair
I will breathe deep the perfume of the heather
and it shall be my pillow.
Though there is no sound of our voices
I will hear the running stream
as it journeys to the sea.
and though I cannot feel your touch
I will rest embraced upon the soft mosses
and the sun shall be your smile.
Ive recently looked into his climbing and its very moving for me as i never knew he was that famous and obsessed with such a dangerous sport,i suppose it was the adrenalin rushes he got from it though.
I am currently making a memorial cabnet with his main climbing gear in and a quality picture of him in the alps,Ian is going to be greatly missed and i am thankfull for all these comments which have been sent.
I feel this lovely young man shall be in our thoughts for a good long while yet. My heart truelly goes out to you and your family. You had an amazing boy who lived so much in those 19 years! My deepest sympathies.
I didn't know Ian and I never met him but from what I've read in this thread he was a decent guy and one that will be missed. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
I also never met Ian, and didn't know him. A few months ago i was involved in a similar situation but to a slightly lesser degree (many will remember the Millstones accident) So, i understand where Franco and the other's are at, at this point.
It's a shitty situation for all involved.
It matters not how long you live but how you live, only the rocks live forever.
Your love for Ian was evident in the way he conducted himself, in his self-confidence and in his respect for others. There's no greater testament to the strength and love of a family. People like Ian are rare, and they touch everyone around them. As a mother I can only imagine what you're going though and my heart goes out to you all.
My heart goes out to his Family.
Ian you will never be forgotten, rest in peace mate.
I just returned from holiday to hear this terribly sad news which has shocked me deeply. I didn't know Ian personally, only from his posts on UKC, but he came across as a nice, sensible lad, lacking ego, and very mature for his years. The tributes on here are testament to the fact that the climbing community has lost one of its best.
My sincere condolances and best wishes to Ian's family and friends who must be suffering terribly right now.
Ian will be greatly missed and never forgotten
Just to reiterate my condolences, which Cara posted on our behalf before as we were away in Scotland.
If I can help, I'd be more than happy to. I met you last month at your house and on the crag, with my parents too.
I think it's lovely that UKC has allowed Ian's family and friends to post their thoughts and share their memories, in the same places as the contributions from Ian's fellow climbers and online acquaintances.
> To me - and I doubt if I'm alone in this - Ian was a breath of fresh air on the climbing scene; particularly of note were his boundless enthusiasm and his ability to relate to fellow-climbers of all ages, from 15-70+
> As a - dare I say it? - middle-aged climber and a jaded school-teacher, Ian did a lot to restore my faith in British youth.
> I hope that you and Dave W. will carry on as you were doing - aiming high and living life to the full.
> Stuart Jarrett
> are you from sailsbury
No, Midlands. And I didn't know Ian I would hasten to add. I just "know" him from UKC and have a shared love of the things he did and the places he went to and, very sadly, was climbing at the crag at which he died a short while beforehand.
I think this shows one of the great things about climbing; it is a true brother/sisterhood which binds us all together. It draws us into climbing, we draw upon it for motivation, and it allows you to end your time as a climber in the way you would wish.
Though I did not know him personally, Ian has been in my thoughts this last couple of weeks. Strangely perhaps, I am planning to go out again in a few weeks largely because of this. RIP Ian.
Thats the Spirit dude. Keep safe.
Took me ages to get over the death of my big sis and all I would say is do whatever works for you. You will be so up and down about it and unsure about what is right and wrong. My advice is go with what you feel is right for you but, if you want, keep talking to people about it even if they seem unable or unsure about discussing it themselves. If you simply bottle it up it may take years to get to grips with. Good luck.
I have been very moved this week by reading the tributes to Ian on UKC. I'm also so grateful to everyone who send supportive and sympathetic messages, and offered practical help, to the boys in Chamonix.
Relieved to report that Franco has just arrived home.
That's a good way of putting it. I lost a friend in 2006 and all these unexpected feelings kept popping into my head. A lot of them were almost cliched, and you feel alternately silly, then rebel with 'but I'm allowed to grieve' and I'd have a little conversation with myself about each thought.
You never 'get over' a tragedy like this, but the old cliche that 'time is a great healer' is so true. Over the last 40 or so years I've lost too many good friends in mountaineering/climbing accidents and every time the shock and grief is terrible, but you learn to accept it and eventually adapt as life goes on. It isn't easy, and even as I type this tears come into my eyes, but the greatest thing they leave with you is the gift of having known them, the enrichment to your life and the joy their friendship gave to you. Ultimately we all have die, it's the price we pay for life. Its so tragic when it happens to someone so young, but then, they are always young in our memories, and when you recall the good times, the laughter, and even their bad and irritating traits with a smile, the healing process has begun.
I reiterate my previous condolences to those who knew and loved Ian.
Am so sorry to hear about Ian's death; a real tragedy. My thoughts go out to his family and friends
I've only just heard about this as I've been away. I can't say anything more than has been said above as I didn't know Ian personally. He was a very familiar name on here though and will be greatly missed.
Condolances to all those involved.
Like so many others, my thoughts are with those who will miss him most.
Never (knowingly, although the person asking whether someone is from Salisbury has me puzzled since there aren't that many climbers there) met him, but he did seem to have his head screwed on and came across as a sound lad. As you say, came across as the most sensible of that bunch.
There but for the grace of god and all that....... really does make you think that its so often a matter of luck and bad luck, rather than experience or lack of.
Condolences to his family and all his friends, especially those who were with him.
what I will do without him but he died doing something he loved. I just wish he could of achieved all the things he wanted to but i guess that is fate. I realise he had such good friends and I am proud of him even if he has left a big hole in my heart , he was doing something he loved and having a good time please keep in touch .
lots of love ( ians mum) angela
met ian at les chosalets along with all the other lads, its very hard to imagine someone so fit and motivated has passed away.
an absolute terrible shame.
for all people concerned the funeral serivice was held today and it was as you would imagine busy and with a few tearful eyes but was an excellent service and a great talk from chris woodall.
rest in peace
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