Ice climbers Will Gadd is First to Ascend Frozen Niagara Falls
Gadd scaled the northern most part of the famous Horseshoe Falls starting from the frozen river base of Niagara River and climbing to Terrapin Point on Goat Island, the block of land that separates the Horseshoe Falls and American Falls. The climb distance is 140 feet and the route ran almost exactly along the United States and Canadian border.
“I’ve traveled the world in search of the most challenging climbs, but Niagara Falls, one of my home country’s most iconic landmarks, has been a lifelong mission that I previously never thought possible,” said Gadd. “It was very real on that wall. There’s a lot going on. The ice thickness varies from one inch to 10 feet, so every swing and grab is different. There’s a lot to account for, all this with the world’s most powerful waterfall flowing over my shoulder. Source: RedBull Content Portal”
The Canadian climber completed the frigid ascent earlier this week in approximately an hour after starting at the base of the Niagara Riverwith climbing partner Sarah Hueniken. They scaled along the northern-most point of the Horseshoe Falls, a route that runs near the U.S. border.
“It’s one of the toughest things I’ve done in my life and one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen,” Gadd told CTV Toronto on Friday.