Ian McClelland

Ian McClelland is a 48-year-old mountain leader with the energy of a boy scout. Since his early twenties he has nurtured a passion for the Earth’s wild spaces, and in 2015 he set up Turn Wild to share this passion with others.

A member of the British Society of International Mountain Leaders, Ian is trained to the very highest international standards of safety and rescue. This gives him the confidence to put his clients at ease in the most challenging of environments. From a rainstorm at the peak of Mount Snowdon, to a blizzard in the base of Mont Blanc, Ian has managed to raise a smile from weary hikers.

Ian has over a decade of mountaineering experience, and believes that hikers have two key responsibilities in any wilderness: a responsibility to keep themselves safe, and a responsibility to enjoy the beauty of their surroundings. Both of these responsibilities are upheld when they get their physical and mental conditioning right. This is why Turn Wild emphasises the training and preparation before a trek is just as important as the trek itself.

Besides leading treks for Turn Wild, Ian is a trustee for a substance abuse charity, a martial arts enthusiast (he has competed in Muay Thai competitions, and holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) and also helps run the Duke of Edinburgh programme at a local London state school. Husband to Kiran, father to Ari, Ian is good company on the mountain. Contact him 07901 916169 or ian@turnwild.com for a no obligation discussion about Turn Wild’s 2019 itinerary.