Video: An elite climber just went UP a frozen Niagara falls

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Ice climber Will Gadd became the first person ever to scale Niagra Falls - while it was frozen solid.

The world-famous waterfall has a height of 51 metres (167 feet), and the section Gadd climbed is 45m (147 feet) by itself.

Of course, Niagara - located at the border of Canada and the US - flows with a lot of water, and not all of it is frozen this year.

That's not necessarily a good thing - 150,000 tons of water drop over the falls every minute, as fast as a speeding car.

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The section on the left side of the rushing water had enough ice accumulated to make the ascent possible - but remained a difficult challenge.

The climb is complicated by the fact that the whole area is preserved - which means no bolts, and nothing left behind in the ice. Safety was restricted to crampons, an icepick, a hook - and Gadd's lifetime of experience.

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"I was so close to the water, I could reach out and stick my ice tool in the Niagara Falls," Gadd told Red Bull Adventure.

"At one point I was behind the water, climbing on ice that froze behind the falls. I got [a] whole lot of Niagara down my neck!"

Despite the challenges, after the first successful climb, Gadd went back and did it twice more.

Now that's dedication.

Via Red Bull

 

By Dave Molloy

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