WATCH: Will Gadd Ice Climbs Niagara Falls

Canadian claims another feat

Jan 29, 2015
Outside Magazine

Will Gadd ice climbs the first ascent of Niagara Falls on January 27.    Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool

Canadian professional ice climber Will Gadd has made history by being the first person to scale Niagara Falls. Gadd climbed the northernmost part of Horseshoe Falls on January 27, according to a Red Bull press release.

“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,” Gadd said in the release.

Gadd began at the frozen river base of Niagara River and scaled to Terrapin Point on Goat Island, ascending 140 feet of ice that ranged in thickness from one inch to 10 feet.

“The massive water flow constantly shakes the ground and makes the ice shelves and walls around you unsteady and unpredictable,” Gadd said in the release. “It’s a harsh environment and an intense challenge to stay attached to the wall let alone climb it.”

Most recently, Gadd won the elite mixed climbing competition at the Ouray Ice Festival earlier this month in Colorado. He also holds three X Games gold medals for ice climbing and is a former world record-holder for paragliding distance.