Captain Adventure

Will Gadd

The Captain of Adventure

Will Gadd ice climbs up frozen Niagara Falls, NY, becoming the firs person to ever ascend the famous waterfall
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Hi, my name is Will Gadd. My discipline is free climbing. My friends call me Captain Adventure. I was born on 8 March 1967 . My special talent is coaching youngsters my sport. My favourite food is pizza. My favourite music is mid-'80s to early '90s punk.


All-round action hero Will Gadd is a living legend in the truest sense. Year after year, he continually pushes the boundaries of ice climbing and, even after having won every major title from the World Cup to the Winter X Games, still manages to impress.

A veteran of the sport, Will continues to seek new adventures and seems to have a boundless energy – not bad for a man now in his late 40s. In 2010, he once again proved his pedigree by climbing a 130ft [39.62m] ice wall solidly for 24 hours at the Ouray Ice Festival in Colorado, reaching a total height of 25,414ft [7.75km].

Eager to rise to a fresh challenge, Will also broke the world distance record on a paraglider not once, but three times. He was also the first person to cross the US by paraglider after a gruelling seven-week trek. His hunger for adventure doesn’t stop there however – he can turn his hand to almost every outdoor sport such as rock and ice climbing, kayaking, mountaineering, caving, Nordic and Alpine skiing and mountain biking.

These days, Will likes to set himself more creative challenges. “I’ve done enough, won as much as I need to,” he says. “I’m at a point now where I feel like I have a lot less to prove”. All he wants to do now is take what he’s learned and apply it in the most interesting locations on earth!

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Career Highlights

  1. 2015
    1. 1st Ascent: Frozen Niagara Falls

      The first ever Niagara Falls ice climb

      Niagara Falls, NY, USA

  2. 2014
    1. Bozeman Ice Climbing Festival

      According to Will the hardest route multi-pitch mixed route in the world so far and the coldest he has ever been in

      Helmcken Falls, Wells Gray Provincial Park, BC, Canada

  3. 2012
    1. 1st Place: Bozeman Ice Breaker Competition

      Bozeman, Montana, USA

  4. 2010
    1. Ouray Ice Festival - climbed 25,414ft

      Colorado, USA

  5. 2000
    1. 1st Place: Ice Climbing World Cup

  6. 1999
    1. 1st Place: Winter X Games

      Crested Butte, Colorado, USA

  7. 1998
    1. 1st Place: Winter X Games - Men’s Ice Climbing Difficulty

      Crested Butte, Colorado, USA

    2. 1st Place: Winter X Games - Men’s Ice Climbing Speed

      Crested Butte, Colorado, USA