Ian Powell is one of the pioneering hold shapers in the US (probably the World). He started E-Grips, which was at the forefront of urethane hold production. His shapes are sold by companies including e-Grips and Revolution, and he’s got his own new company as well, Kilter.
Check out all the holds – www.kiltergrips.com
Ian’s more of a power lifter now, but when he was younger he was very into dyno and speed climbing, competed for the US in International competitions, and once held a world record. He’s also got first ascents in Hueco Tanks and local Colorado climbing areas.
His setting style is a bit different–he focuses on technique and movements that require thinking outside of the box. He also enjoys setting dynos and set the crazy dyno finals for SBS 9 Dyno-Mite.
Ian is also a crazy good artist who has seen many sides of life that most of us (fortunately) don’t even know exist. He works in 2D and 3D — from drawing to sculpting with paper, plastic, foam, concrete, and stone.
If you want to know more about Ian check out this feature story Caroline Treadway wrote for Rock and Ice in 2013: Life on Hold: The Ian Powell Story