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Ian grew up in The Lake District of England an area with Lakes, Mountains (3000ft) and crags. His first experience of climbing was at age 6 and despite losing a boot halfway up the climb the foundation was laid. His first lead climb was at 15 (Little Chamonix) in the UK where the ethic for climbing are 100% traditional leader placed protection.


University took Ian to Birmingham England where he studied sport and exercise sciences. This led him to working at the University outdoor education centre teaching Rock Climbing as a trainee instructor in 2000/01 and then as head climbing guide in 2006-8. He has also worked with people with disabilities in the outdoors and moved to New Zealand to start a non-profit working with people with disabilities in the outdoors, this was a great experience for him and also introduced him to his wife who would eventually bring him out to Colorado.

Ian is an  IFMGA Licensed Mountain Guide and an AIARE 1 Course Leader. He is also a Wilderness First Responder and Outdoor Emergency Care Technician. When the weather turns cold Ian can be found Ski Patrolling at Eldora Mountain Resort.

“My favourite place to climb in Colorado is Eldorado Canyon, I like the bold technical style of climbing that reminds me of home. It is just such a scenic beautiful place with so many great long routes. My favourite crag in the world is Gogarth in North Wales, sea cliff climbing with the seals playing in the water as you belay your partner on the first pitches but watch out for the tides. Some of my best experiences have been climbing in the European Alps. Climbing the North Face of the Courtes in Chamonix a 1000m+ ice route or maybe the West ridge of Salbitzchen a 36 pitch climb along a ridge ascending and descending 5 rock towers as you go.

My perfect day would be to rise early and go alpine climb, rock climb or ski in the morning with my wife. I would then spend the afternoon in a swimming pool playing with my 2 girls and then finish the day with a glass of red wine and a Bond film.

I love being in the outdoors and love sharing it with other people whilst teaching them to be safe efficient climbers.”


“I Felt 100% Safe”

Last Monday, I had a great time with one of your guides, Ian Fowler, successfully climbing the Dragon Tail couloir near Mt. Hallet. This was my first ice climb and I had never used crampons, ice ax, and harness and knew absolutely nothing about mountaineering. At all times, I felt 100% safe with Ian. He was very knowledgeable and experienced and was excellent at teaching me the basics of ice climbing. On top of all of that, he was a fun person to be around. My first ever ice climb was a positive experience and I look forward to many ice climbs in the future. I highly recommend Colorado Mountain School as well as Ian Fowler as a personal Guide.

- T Merriman

“Going the Extra Mile”

Not only did Russel and Ian do their utmost to ensure my safety, help me achieve my goals, and provide detailed climbing instruction, but they were both extremely personable and willing to go the extra mile to make my time here both a rewarding and fun experience.

- Wes

“Not Enough Words to Describe”

I did a 2 day intro to mountaineering course with Ian Fowler. There are not enough words to describe how awesome those 2 days were and how amazing Ian has been as a guide to learn from. Ian was super knowledgeable and patient and I learned so much during these 2 days. But most importantly – I was left with a taste for more mountaineering and I am eager to learn more and do more! 5 stars!!!

- Shai Simchi

“Exceeded My Expectations”

Had such a great time rock climbing. One for sure be in the books. Ian Fowler was so accommodating and exceeded my expectations. Will surely be back!!!

- Dhon Ponay

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