Canadian Adventurer Becomes First Person to Climb Niagara Falls

February 5, 2015 12:52 pm

iceclimbLast Friday, 47-year-old Canadian climber Will Gadd became the very first person to climb up the icy Niagara Falls, followed by his girlfriend Sarah Hueniken, who grew up in Pelham, Ontario. This incredible feat was accomplished in one hour, with Gadd using ice hooks to climb a 147-foot section of the partially frozen waterfall.

Recently named one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year, Gadd is a seasoned climber with an impressive resume. He accomplished the first one-day ascent of the tallest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, set the world distance record for paragliding, won three gold medals at the X Games and Ice Climbing World Cup, and has won the Canadian National Sport-Climbing Championships four times. And now, with his impressive ascension of Niagara Falls, he has successfully taken on an incredible force of nature and earned himself a spot in history.