Ian’s story is one of recovery and redemption

The BBC’s weekly The Boss series profiles different business leaders from around the world. This week we speak to Ian Powell and Jackie Hueftle who own US firm Kilter Grips, which makes holds for climbing walls.

When Ian Powell hit rock bottom very hard, it was in life rather than while climbing a cliff face.

A former US national team climber back in the early 1990s, by 2010, aged 39, he was a homeless drug addict in Denver, Colorado.

Addicted to both crack cocaine and crystal meth, he would go through the agonies of withdrawal while hiding away in commercial waste containers.

Stealing to fund his habit, he was eventually arrested and sent to prison for credit card fraud.

“I just designed a