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Jan 31, 2015

Climbing A Frozen Niagra Falls

Climbing A Frozen Niagra Falls

Professional climber Will Gadd took ice climbing to new heights by being the first person ever to ascend the frozen sections of the world’s largest flowing waterfall, 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, a fitting route for Gadd as a dual citizen of the two countries – born in Colorado and now a long time resident of Alberta, Canada.

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Frigid water flows down Horseshoe Falls and forces a massive cloud of mist into the air in Niagara Falls, NY, USA on 27 January, 2015. Greg Mionske/Red Bull Content Pool

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Will Gadd celebrates at the top of the climg during the first ascent of Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, NY, USA on 27 January, 2015. Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool

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Will Gadd poses for a portrait during the first ascent of Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, NY, USA on 27 January, 2015. Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool

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Will Gadd ice climbs the first ascent of Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, NY, USA on 27 January, 2015. Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool

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Will Gadd leaves the belay and walks towards the frozen route during Red Bull Frozen Falls, the first ascent of Niagara Falls, in Niagara Falls, NY, USA on 27 January, 2015. Keith Ladzinski/Red Bull Content Pool

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Will Gadd en route during Red Bull Frozen Falls, the first ascent of Niagara Falls, in Niagara Falls, NY, USA on 27 January, 2015. Keith Ladzinski/Red Bull Content Pool

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Will Gadd ice climbs the first ascent of Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, NY, USA on 27 January, 2015. Greg Mionske/Red Bull Content Pool

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Will Gadd ice climbs the first ascent of Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, NY, USA on 27 January, 2015. Greg Mionske/Red Bull Content Pool

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Will Gadd ice climbs the first ascent of Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, NY, USA on 27 January, 2015. Greg Mionske/Red Bull Content Pool

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Will Gadd completely covered in frozen spray after ice climbing the first ascent of Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, NY, USA on 27 January, 2015. Greg Mionske/Red Bull Content Pool

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Will Gadd ice climbs the first ascent of Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, NY, USA on 27 January, 2015. Greg Mionske/Red Bull Content Pool

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Will Gadd ice climbs the first ascent of Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, NY, USA on 27 January, 2015. Greg Mionske/Red Bull Content Pool

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Will Gadd ice climbs the first ascent of Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, NY, USA on 27 January, 2015. Greg Mionske/Red Bull Content Pool

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Will Gadd hauls ropes for the first ascent of Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, NY, USA on 27 January, 2015. Greg Mionske/Red Bull Content Pool

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Will Gadd hooks an ice tool to his harness after ice climbing the first ascent of Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, NY, USA on 27 January, 2015. Greg Mionske/Red Bull Content Pool

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A detail shot of Will Gadd's gloves covered in a frozen spray after making the first ascent of Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, NY, USA on 27 January, 2015. Greg Mionske/Red Bull Content Pool

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Will Gadd takes off his ice-caked crampons and boots after making the first ascent of Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, NY, USA on 27 January, 2015. Greg Mionske/Red Bull Content Pool

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Will Gadd ice climbs the first ascent of Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, NY, USA on 27 January, 2015. Greg Mionske/Red Bull Content Pool

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Sarah Hueniken poses for a portrait ahead of her first ascent, during Red Bull Frozen Falls at Niagara Falls, NY, USA on 26 January, 2015. Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool

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Will Gadd (r) and Sarah Hueniken prepare their gear in advance of their first ascent, during Red Bull Frozen Falls at Niagara Falls, NY, USA on 26 January, 2015. Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool

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Will Gadd and Sarah Hueniken hugs each other folllowing their first ascents, during Red Bull Frozen Falls at Niagara Falls, NY, USA on 27 January, 2015. Keith Ladzinski/Red Bull Content Pool

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