The Full Story Behind First-Ever Niagara Ice Climb

Get a closer look at how Will Gadd ascended the world’s most spectacular waterfall.
By Josh Sampiero

One week after Gadd ice-climbed up the world's most famous waterfall, we get a chance to take a closer look at his incredible (and incredibly chilly) achievement in the video above.

“I went through three pairs of gloves, because my hands were getting so wet,” said Will Gadd. “I literally had to warm up my ice tools and scrape the ice off them – that's how much spray was coming off the falls. It's such a violent place.”

Learn more about the Frozen Falls climb below

For an even deeper dive behind the scenes, watch the 12-minute mini-documentary on Red Bull TV

Given the high-profile location, sharp-eyed visitors to Niagara spotted the unusual activity on the falls and reported it to local news outlets as a "practice course" for parks police. But not long after word got out about what was really happening, and Gadd was swept away on a whirlwind tour of talk shows and news outlets to talk about the historic achievement.

More: See images of Will Gadd ice-climbing Kilimanjaro and Helmcken Falls.

Up next for the ice-climber? After an epic year including new routes on Helmcken Falls, high on Kilimanjaro, and taking first place at the Ouray Ice Festival, Gadd is ready for some time off. “I had blocked out a month and a half for this project,” Gadd said. “Now it's time for a rest!”

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