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Niagara Falls, NY - Watch: Canadian Ice Climber Who Scaled The Frozen Edge Of The World's Largest Waterfalls

Published on: February 20, 2015 09:20 AM
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Will Gadd ice climbs the first ascent of Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, NY, USA on 27 January, 2015.Will Gadd ice climbs the first ascent of Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, NY, USA on 27 January, 2015.

Niagara Falls, NY - Professional Canadian ice climber Will Gadd scaled the world famous Niagara Falls on Tuesday (January 27), becoming the first person ever to climb the massive waterfall.

“Niagara Falls is the coolest, wildest, largest volume waterfall in the world. It’s the best known waterfall in the world and as an ice climber, you gotta go do it. Just nobody figured out how to do it until pretty recently,” said the 47 year-old adventurer during an interview with CNN on Thursday (Feb. 19).

Part of the Horseshoe Falls had frozen over due to the sub-zero winter cold. The frozen water formed an icy path 30 feet (9 meters) wide and 150 feet (46 meters) high along the U.S. and Canadian border.

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As Gadd picked and poked his way through the ice during the hour long climb, he was battered by ice spray as water from the powerful falls roared past him at 70 miles (113 kilometers) per hour.
Watch below his full interview with CNN

Gadd is not the first adventurer attracted to the mighty Niagara Falls. In 1901, Annie Taylor became the first person ever to go over the waterfall in a wooden barrel. In 1859, the first tightrope walker crossed over the falls and in 2012, Nick Wallenda became the latest high wire artist to walk across Niagara Falls.

But Gadd said he is not simply a thrill seeker. “The reason I do these things is that they are intensely interesting. And they are fun. And they are exciting. And they are beautiful. And like anything in life that you find really meaningful and cool, it’s very, very rewarding.

If I just wanted to get a hit of adrenaline, I go run back and forth on the freeway. There has to be more to it than that! So for me, I like figuring out these really complex environments, how to operate in them and then how to operate in there safely.” Red Bull, the energy drink maker, sponsored Gadd’s climb to the top of Niagara Falls.

Watch below Gadd climbs the falls.

 



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 Feb 20, 2015 at 09:47 AM savtat Says:

Quite something - now maybe he could use his skills and bravery to help the poor or children who are abducted in Africa and the middle east.

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 Feb 20, 2015 at 11:15 AM Moone Says:

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savtat Says:

Quite something - now maybe he could use his skills and bravery to help the poor or children who are abducted in Africa and the middle east.

Also these innocent civilians caused by war tragedies including Israelis, Palestinians, etc. and those who suffer from global warming.

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 Feb 20, 2015 at 12:45 PM Rafuel Says:

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Moone Says:

Also these innocent civilians caused by war tragedies including Israelis, Palestinians, etc. and those who suffer from global warming.

We all suffer from global warming this week. Last night we beat the +4⁰F record from 1896, we went to -2⁰F. Not that it would bother the scoundrels who are trying to perpetrate that global warming scam.

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 Feb 20, 2015 at 01:30 PM The_Truth Says:

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savtat Says:

Quite something - now maybe he could use his skills and bravery to help the poor or children who are abducted in Africa and the middle east.

Let me get this straight; Because he used his outdoor climbing skills to scale a frozen waterfall in North America - THEREFORE (thinks you) that he should help the starving in Africa...
I fail to see any connection or logic involved.
And armchair general has no obligation to help anyone!

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 Feb 20, 2015 at 02:45 PM Anonymous Says:

Wow just looking him climb makes me tremble away.

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 Feb 20, 2015 at 10:58 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

Some people have odd hobbies. This guy has an odd, cold and dangerous one.

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