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1st Ever Ice Climb Up Niagara Falls

Jan 30, 2015 by James (Oh Good Staff)

Niagara Falls has seen its share of daredevils, from 1901 when Annie Taylor survived going over the falls in a barrel, the first tightrope walk back in 1859 by The Great Blondin, to the most recent tight rope walk in 2012 by Nik Wallenda.

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On January 29, 2015 a new first for Niagara Falls daredevils was achieved as Will Gadd became the first person to ever ice climb the Niagara Falls! Will was recently named the Adventurer of the Year, by National Geographic’s, and he’s making a great case to win the award again scaling the frozen falls.

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The cold winter helped with this climb, because as Will knows, a warmer winter this feat would be impossible to complete. Even with the frozen falls, this climb was unstable, an experienced ice climber, Will estimated that the Niagara Falls climb was as difficult as they come, with a WI6+ rating.

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The 147 foot climb was unlike any other assent, with dangerous hanging ice, and directly next to unfrozen areas from the Falls, with 150,000 tons of water flowing every minute, Will needed to take many precautions to ensure a safe climb.

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Watch the video by Red Bull to see the significance of this climb. 

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