Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Three Months Ago, Ian Risked His Life to Save a Climbing Pal; Family of Death Fall Teen Tell of Pride

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Three Months Ago, Ian Risked His Life to Save a Climbing Pal; Family of Death Fall Teen Tell of Pride

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Byline: By ANGELA RAINEY

THE family of death plunge climber Ian Jackson today told how just weeks before he died, he bravely helped save a fellow climber's life.

As reported, Ian, 19, died after falling 160ft from a mountain in Chamonix, in the French Alps, on August 7.

He leaves his mum Angela, 55, dad Dave, 51, brothers Simon, 30, and David, 17, and sisters Sarah, 33, and Emma, 26.

Now his proud family say they will try to come to terms with his death by celebrating his inspirational life.

And they told how three months ago, he risked his own life to save climbing pal Dave Warburton.

Speaking from their Guisborough home, Ian's close-knit family fondly remembered him as a popular son, brother and friend who was "always smiling" and who tragically died doing what he loved.

An adventurous thrill-seeker, Ian's passion for rock climbing took him all over the world to scale peaks in France, New Zealand and Wales, as well as Ben Nevis in Scotland. He was a member of the British Mountaineering Club and Cleveland Mountaineering Club.

A former pupil at Prior Pursglove School, Ian was on a gap year and was intending to do a degree in geology at Bangor University, Wales, because of its proximity to Snowdonia. His ambition was to become a teacher so he could gain long summer holidays to go rock-climbing.

Brother Simon has lived in Australia for five years but said he still remembers a young Ian who would dress in camouflage and play soldiers in the woods.

He added: "With being away, I didn't see his passion for rock climbing start, but I remember him sat by the computer. He was into intellectual things and would watch the Discovery Channel as a kid.

"We used to call him 'Cheeky Ted' because of his round face and they were the books he read as a child.

"He was a water baby and could swim underwater before he could swim on the top. We think that's why he did scuba diving, but Ian loved rock climbing because scuba diving was so expensive and didn't challenge him enough.

"In May, he broke his arm to save the life of his friend who had fallen off Ben Nevis. …

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