My name is Ian Hanson and I am a 23 year old American climber living in Norway. I have dedicated my life to mountaineering and the outdoors, and I love sharing my adventures with others. Currently, I am the Climbing Director at Klatrefabrikken climbing gym in Stavanger, Norway. Not only do I take care of the walls, but I also coach a group of 10 - 13 year old climbers, and am in charge of all of the climbing courses.
My biggest passion is mixed ice climbing, and with your help I hope to raise $5,000 to help get me to the 2015 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup.
Who is this guy? - A bit of background info
My life got turned upside-down in January 2007 after breaking my femur, along with my clavicle and ribs, in a bad ski jumping accident at Howlsen Hill, in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Before my crash I was a nordic combined ski jumper based in Park City, Utah. I traveled and competed with the National Sports Foundation, competing in North American Junior Championships, Junior Olympics, and more high level competitions.
After my crash I was told that I wouldn´t be able to ski jump again, and that I might never walk normally again. Luckily, with the help of a truly gifted surgeon, I was able to make a near full recovery. I was able to hike, ski, climb, and enjoy the mountains, but I couldn´t ski jump anymore.
Unsure what to do with my life, I moved to Lillehammer, Norway as an exchange student, and quickly fell in love with the country. I started climbing more and decided that I wanted to stay in the country for a while longer, so I enroled in an outdoor/mountaineering school in Lofoten, in Northern Norway. It was on a 10-day glacier trip that I finally found my calling in life, and I haven´t looked back since. I have spent the last 6 years learning as much about climbing as possible, and have spent weeks at a time training in the mountains.
I have wanted to compete in mixed ice climbing ever since I went to the Ouray Ice Festival to see the Elite Mixed Competition with my dad in 2011. The last few years have been spent in hard preperation for returning to competions. I am ready to prove that I was able to overcome my injury, and that I can hold my own at the World Cup level.
What you need to know
Competing at a World Cup level is a difficult task regardless of the sport. Achieving such a high goal requires a lot of time, energy, and money. Mixed climbing requires specialized equipment that must fufill official standards to be eligible for use in competition.
Currently there is no public funding for North American athletes who participate in competitive ice climbing. Athletes must pay for all equipment, training, and travel expenses out of pocket unless funds can be raised through the generosity of sponsors and private donors.
The 2014/2015 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup season consists of 6 stops:
Bozeman, MT, USA Dec. 11 - 14, 2014
Cheongsong, South Korea Jan. 10 - 11, 2015
Saas Fee, Switzerland Jan. 23 - 24, 2015
Rabenstein, Italy Jan. 30 - Feb. 1, 2015
Champagny, France Feb. 5 - 7, 2015
Kirov, Russia Mar. 6 - 8, 2015
This season I will be travelling to the Alps to compete in the Lead Climbing events in Saas Fee, Switzerland and Rabenstein, Italy. Your contributions will help me with travel expenses, equipment, registration fees, and in the training that leads up to these rigorous events.
I am incredibly lucky to have such wonderful support from my friends and family who are always there for me, even when they are thousands of miles away, and from my amazing wife Tove who inspires me on a daily basis and pushes me to be the absolute best that I can be. I am a proud member of the American Alpine Club (AAC) and the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA).
Other Ways To Help
There are many ways to help out in addition to donating. Help me achieve my goal by spreading the word about my Rally. You can spread the word via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, by blogging, email, snail mail, telephone, SnapcChat, sky writing, morse code, or even invisible ink. It doesn´t matter how you do it as long as you spread the word. Thank you for your time and support!
Select A Support Level
$10Personalized email thanking you for your contribution
$25Personalized email thanking you for your contribution, shout out on Facebook.
$50Personalized email thanking you for your contribution, shout out on Facebook, post card sent from the tour with an update.
$100Personalized email thanking you for your contribution, shout out on Facebook, post card sent from the tour with an update, signed picture of me taken during the World Cup
$150Personalized email thanking you for your contribution, shout out on Facebook, post card sent from the tour with an update, signed picture of me taken during the World Cup, a day of climbing with me.
$200Personalized email thanking you for your contribution, shout out on Facebook, post card sent from the tour with an update, signed picture of me taken during the World Cup, Klatrefabrikken T-Shirt