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Parnell, Ian (1969-)
Parnell, Ian (1969-)
Ian Parnell is one of the busiest of Britain’s new generation of ‘full-time’ mountaineers’. He came to international prominence when he climbed many new routes in Krygystan and topped the expedition off by making a bold solo ascent of a difficult 4000-ft route in just five hours. Then he transferred his skill to Alaska, climbing a new route on the difficult peak of Mount Hunter with Jules Cartwright. During the course of their 6-day climb, Parnell suffered broken ribs after a fall but battled through to triumph. A trip to the biggest sea-cliff in the world in Greenland followed, which was climbed without recourse to artificial aids, then a jaunt to the Indian Garhwal Himalaya where he made a rapid alpine-style dash to the summit of the Arwa Spire via its East Ridge. With scarcely time to draw breath, Parnell was back in Alaska with Kenton Cool where they climbed the Moonflower Buttress then put up a new 6500-ft route on Denali in a non-stop 47-hour push.
Standout climbs: The Knowledge (Grade 5, WI6 A2+), Mount Hunter, Alaska;
Kape Farvell Sea Cliffs E2/3; Greenland; East Ridge, Arwa Spire, India, 2nd ascent; Extraterrestrial Brothers (Alaska Grade 5/6 M7), Denali, Alaska.
Biographical information is kindly supplied by Colin Wells.
2006-08-06 00:00:00
Maxine Willett
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Parnell, Ian (1969-)