Will Gadd

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Will Gadd (born March 8, 1967)[1] is a prominent Canadian ice climber[2] and paraglider pilot. He formerly held the paragliding world distance record,[3] with a flight of 423 km in Zapata, Texas.[4]

He is the host of the documentary series Fearless Planet, working with regional scientists and traveling with them, or by himself, to various locations that are in the individual episode's focus.[5]

Ascent of Niagara Falls[edit]

In January 2015, Gadd became the first person to scale the ice-covered rock wall next to the Horseshoe Falls at Niagara Falls. He was followed by Canadian climber Sarah Hueniken.

Their ascent took place on Goat Island, located on the American side of the falls.

"I was so close to the water", Gadd stated, "I could reach out and stick my ice tool in the Niagara Falls".[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Will Gadd - The Captain of Adventure". Red Bull. Retrieved February 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ Martinique, Davis (January 7, 2010). "Will Gadd Taking on an Endless Ascent: 24 Hours of Nonstop Ice Climbing". The Watch. Telluride. Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. Retrieved February 5, 2015. 
  3. ^ Strauss, Gary (March 23, 2011). "Will Gadd is fearless for Discovery's newest 'Planet'". USA Today. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ Smith, Terry (September 1, 2006). "Mexican pilot leads paragliding standings: Twelve pilots set new competition task record". Idaho Mountain Express. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ Cutler, Jacqueline (November 17, 2007). "Adventurer braves the wilds in Discovery's 'Fearless Planet'". Jamaica Gleaner. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Will Gadd and Sarah Hueniken Climb the Niagara Falls". Planetmountain. January 30, 2015. 

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