Ian is a 34-year-old engineer from Gosport, Hampshire. After serving his apprenticeship in HM Dockyard, Portsmouth, he packed his bags and departed on his first of many backpacking trips exploring what the rest of the world has to offer. On his return to the UK in 2005, he applied to work for the British Antarctic Survey at the Halley 5 Research Station. Since then he has been heavily involved with BAS, working on projects at Rothera, Halley, Bird Island and King Edward Point in South Georgia. For the past five summer seasons Ian has been working at Halley building the new flagship research station, Halley 6. Ian ran the first ever Halley Antarctic Marathon as well as the first official Falkland Islands Marathon in Stanley. He is the only person to kite ski from the coast of the Brunt Ice Shelf, through Halley 5 and on to Halley 6. He has also participated in various expeditions ice climbing, camping and kiting. After hearing through colleagues about this amazing expedition he soon volunteered his services in helping to build the living cabooses in the UK. This escalated into being asked onto the expedition as one of the members of the Ice Team.