The MEMORIAL SERVICE for Ian Slatem is being held at the MCSA (mountain club), 97 Hatfield street on the 10th of January starting at 2pm.
We would love you to attend and celebrate Ian’s life with us. We welcome you to share your memories, pictures or stories.
There was an (informal) Memorial Gathering & Climb on the Saturday the 8th on Table Mountain:
The following words are from Willem Boshoff:
“It was one of the clearest, most beautiful days I’ve experienced on Table Mountain. The day we went to say goodbye to Ian Slatem in what he affectionately called his “office in the clouds”.
This day the universe conspired to let a sea of clouds roll over the shores, breaking against the mountain – it became a sanctuary afloat in silence; the city and it’s noise hidden from our senses. We were privileged to have Ian’s son, his (son’s) mom and sister with us as we sat in a group next to the trail, sharing stories of adventures with him. Life is beautiful, exhilarating and fragile. Hilton Davies then led us around to Arrow Final where he talked about the history of the route, the lives of climbing comrades lost and his own near-death fall, with such empathy that i could see the “release of uncertainty” on Ian’s family’s faces. Clouds drifted in, we laid flowers and built a small cairn, and then went off to climb some beautiful rock.“
We salute you Ian, may your spirit roam free in your office in the clouds.