Ian Beecroft - a tribute page

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Ian Beecroft - a tribute page

Post by Mark R » Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:31 pm

Added 14th October 2012, from Dave Manby...

The sad news that Ian Beecroft died whilst kayaking the Tsrarap Chu in Ladakh, NW India, on Sunday 2nd September has spread through the community.

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Ian was leading a small team of four international kayakers on an expedition down the Tsarap Chu and then on through the Grand Canyon of the Zanskar. This is one of the World’s classic long white water rivers expeditions - an 8 day trip 200km with some class 4 and 5 white water, all self supported in one of the most remote and spectacular parts of the Himalayas.

Ian was a vastly experienced white water kayaker - he had paddled many of the major rivers of the Himalayas and was the co-author of the guidebook ‘White Water South Alps’. He shared his love of rivers through this forum under “croft” and many kayakers all over the World will have paddled with him and enjoyed his enthusiasm for life.

Ian was indeed a true inspiration both on and off the river and his recent passion as “trip organiser” brought many friends together, on many occasions, over many years.

Ian leaves a wife and 3 children who will miss him greatly, Raphaele, Neil, Gaelle and Jonathan would like to express their appreciation for the support and kind words from so many people, even those who'd never even met Ian in person.

In memory of a fine man: friend, husband, father, explorer, kayaker, philosopher and raconteur extraordinaire. Please add your words of Tribute and fondest memories to the forum below.

A link for those who would like to make a donation will follow as soon as I know it!
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Original post, September

I am terribly sad to have to tell everyone that our friend Ian Beecroft has died whilst kayaking the Tsrarap Chu in Ladakh, India, on Sunday 2nd September. The limited information that we have is that Ian died on the Tsarap Chu downstream of Phugtal Monastery and some 40km from the village and small district centre of Padum. The rest of the team are well and we are told that his body has been recovered and is now being repatriated. We do not know the circumstances of the accident.

Ian was leading a small team of international kayakers on an expedition down the Tsarap Chu and then on through the Grand Canyon of the Zanskar. This is one of the World’s classic long white water rivers expeditions – an 8 day trip 200km with some class 4 and 5 white water, all self supported in one of the most remote and spectacular parts of the Himalayas.

Ian was a vastly experienced white water kayaker – he had paddled many of the major rivers of the Himalayas and was the co-author of the guidebook ‘White Water South Alps’. He shared his love of rivers through this forum under “croft” and many kayakers all over the World will have paddled with him and enjoyed his enthusiasm for life - a life that sadly is no more. We grieve for him and our hearts and thoughts go out to his wife and family.

Dave Manby and Peter Knowles.
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Post by TomOL » Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:35 pm

That's truly shocking. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends.

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Post by nomorfkindhalbhat » Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:03 pm

A true inspiration, always willing to hand out help and advice on his beloved Alpine rivers. Ian will live on in the hearts and minds of the kayaking community for many many years to come.

RIP Ian

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Post by Play-D'eau » Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:04 pm

Very sad news. RIP Ian.

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Post by Simon Westgarth » Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:06 pm

Very sad indeed.

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Post by mark Hirst » Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:15 pm

Very sad
He made some really good contributions here. I am sure he is sat having a beer and a laugh with Dave Higgins
A sad loss
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Post by Seedy Paddler » Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:20 pm

Tragic News indeed, remember Beecroft from Uni days, I am sure he will be re-united with his old pal Higgins and back to their merry bunch of japes.

Condolences to family RIP

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Post by thetangoman » Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:22 pm

Very sad news. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

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Post by purelandexpeditions.com » Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:24 pm

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Post by David Fairweather » Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:07 am

Terrible news. Ian's enthusiasm for sharing his love and knowledge of rivers around the world is a model for all of us.

Thoughts go out to the rest of the team.

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Post by clarky999 » Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:20 am

Terrible news.

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Post by TwoHats » Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:40 am

My deepest condolences to Ians friends and family.
Although I never met Ian I have exchanged emails with him and his selfless help and unbounded enthusiasm for rivers helped and inspired me immensely when planning a couple of my pervious trips abroad.
RIP Ian, a true gent.

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Post by tizereyes » Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:18 am

Such sad news. My thoughts are with his team and his family.

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Post by callwild » Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:24 am

So, So sorry to hear that news. My deepest condolences to all family & friends. It is especially heartfelt as the last time I met Ian was when we paddled the Zanskar together. A few of us did the last section of the Tsarap and I knew Ian wished to go back for it.
A kind, friendly & helpful man who will be missed by so many.
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Post by NRB » Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:52 am

TwoHats wrote:My deepest condolences to Ians friends and family.
Although I never met Ian I have exchanged emails with him and his selfless help and unbounded enthusiasm for rivers helped and inspired me immensely when planning a couple of my pervious trips abroad.
RIP Ian, a true gent.
Basically exactly what I wanted to say. I recieved an email off Ian as recent as the 10th giving us advice on how to make our recent trip to Austria/Switzerland the best it can be; and it was, thanks to Ians help.

I feel very sad I never had the chance to meet who is evidently one of lifes winners!

RIP Ian

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Post by DaveWortley » Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:40 am

Tragic loss to the community.... my thoughts are with all that knew and loved him.

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Post by Jim » Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:10 am

I never met Ian but I developed a great respect for him based on his informed and well balanced contributions to the forum over the years. He will be missed.

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Post by Chas C » Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:06 pm

Jim wrote:I never met Ian but I developed a great respect for him based on his informed and well balanced contributions to the forum over the years. He will be missed.
My thoughts too.

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Post by yurper » Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:32 pm

Never short of advice and help for any paddler.

Very sad news will be missed by many.


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Post by Strad » Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:08 pm

How very sad, Ian will be missed by many.
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Post by DAB » Tue Sep 04, 2012 2:39 pm

Having never met him he came across as a knowledgeable able guy who would help anyone out with what ever info they needed. It won't be the same not having him, and his encyclopaedic knowledge of so many rivers in so many countries, around this place.

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Post by DaveBland » Tue Sep 04, 2012 4:22 pm

Unbelievably sad news. RIP Ian.
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Post by Randy Fandango » Tue Sep 04, 2012 5:02 pm

How terribly sad. I personally never met Ian that I'm aware of but echo everyone else's sentiments. I greatly enjoyed his contributions to this site and feel our world will be a lesser place without him.
My thoughts go to all he left behind and the rest of his paddling team.
RIP Ian.
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Post by RichA » Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:51 pm

I'm so sorry to hear the news. My condolences to family, friends and the team.

Thanks to Ian I've had so many great trips to the Alps with many many tip offs to new rivers along the way, including my favourite ever river section. I'll still buy you that beer I promised, Ian.

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Post by Andy H » Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:56 pm

Tragic news. As others i never met Ian but he gave so much to the paddling community.

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Post by superman » Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:00 pm

I didn`t know Ian but it was clear from his posts that he was a highly knowledgeable and respected paddler. It is very sad but his memory will live on with those who knew him and for those who didn`t it will live on in works such as the South Alps Guide,
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Post by Notters » Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:52 pm

I'm sorry to hear of the tragic news. My condolences to family and friends.
Also never met Ian, but held him in high regard as his comments on here in our wee community were always knowledgable and inspiring. A great loss.

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Post by neilfarmer » Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:46 pm

A great contributor here and someone that sounded like an excellent person. My deepest sympathy goes to Ian, family, all who were with him and his friends.
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Post by morsey » Wed Sep 05, 2012 11:59 am

That is sad news, thoughts to those on the river, to all friends and family. :-(

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Post by hogboy » Wed Sep 05, 2012 3:02 pm

One of the "role models" from my early days.

A great help with my recent move to Switzerland and I was pretty sure it was just a matter of time til I saw him on the river...

I guess it still is.

A quality guy.

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