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Episode 20 – Ian King

Ian King considers himself a lifestylist of the climbing sort. I got to know Ian through our mutual relationship with Misty Mountain Threadworks – we’re both Misty ambassadors – and to this day I haven’t met a climber who so thoroughly enjoys being part of climbing photo shoots. (Thank you for the countless days climbing old school routes for me, Ian.) Whenever I ask him if he has time be a climbing model he always says yes, and enthusiastically comes up with photogenic routes and colorful outfits he has in mind. Ian won the 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell Trad (Male) division in 2016 and had a strong finish this year. If he’s not swinging a hammer or resoling climbing shoes to pay the bills it’s a good bet he’s plugging trad gear at a classic crag in the Southeast or a big wall in Utah. Ian and I sat down in my Sprinter Van in the Boulder County Courthouse parking lot and talked over beers before we getting Tacos in town. Enjoy!

About Kevin Riley

Kevin Riley has been a rock climbing and general outdoor enthusiast for over sixteen years, served as the associate publisher for Climbing and Urban Climber magazines, and co-founded the Denver-based non-profit, First Ascenders. He graduated from UMASS (Amherst).

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