World's Greatest Ice Climber!

Date of birth: May 4th 1972.

Location: Berlin, Vermont

Current Location: Erie, Colorado

Profession:  Climber - Ice, Mixed, Alpine, Trad, Sport

Sponsors:  Petzl, Sportiva, Red Bull

“Climbing is many things to many people. But, at its essence, climbing is a celebration of our natural world. As climbers, we commit ourselves amongst the challenges of nature’s precipices, and emerge with a heightened awareness of ourselves and of the wild, a magnified awareness of the wonders of being alive in nature: its and our own power and fragility, and the inseparability of it all."


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" Anything you do in life gets interesting at the margins. It's like punk rock. That's probably where most of my philosophy comes from. You go and you do it. You throw down and that's what's important."


Jan. 27, 2015, Professional climber and one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year, Will Gadd, took ice climbing to new heights by being the first person ever to ascend the frozen sections of the world’s largest flowing waterfall, Niagara Falls.

" The massive water flow constantly shakes the ground and makes the ice shelves and wall unsteady and unpredictable. It's a harsh environment and an intense challenge to stay attached to the wall, let alone climb it."

GADD on Helmcken Falls

Canadian Will Gadd and Brit Tim Emmett discover a new universe of ice climbing at Helmcken Falls, BC, where a 500 foot waterfall sprays the underside of a gargantuan cave with fantastical ice formations.

 Gadd - The Endless Ascent

Will Gadd's 24 hour climb for the dZi Foundation.

 Gadd - "The Mustang P-51" m14

After a seventeen year hiatus, Will Gadd returned to The Fang Amphitheater in East Vail, Colorado, home of the seminal Jeff Lowe masterpiece, "Octopussy" (M8), as well as Will's own groundbreaking routes "Amphibian" (M9) and "Reptile" (M10), and made the third ascent of my route "The Mustang P-51" (M14-) on his second attempt, besting our friend, the Korean powerhouse Kwon Young-Hye, who made the second ascent last December in a mere three tries. As with Kwon, Will finished the climb reaching the no-hands ledge with a single bolt anchor atop "The Flying Fortress" (M13), down-climbed a bit, and then jumped off . . . just for fun.

Gadd ice climb in the Alps

Black Diamond athletes were over in Switzerland in early January for the Kandersteg Ice Climbing Festival and decided to spend a couple days after the event hunting down some challenging ice to climb.

This Way Episode 4 - Spray Ice

Will Gadd continues to discover new and creative ways to explore the vertical world. Defying the conventions of waterfall ice, "spray ice" clings to impossibly steep walls, giving way to ice climbing's further evolution. 

 Arc'teryx- Move

"We all try to be busy instead of being alive, busy instead of getting out and breathing, busy sending useless texts instead of walking in the woods with our kids or introducing them to life's joys. We move information instead of simply moving." Gadd's passionate words remind us how important it is to get outside, breathe hard, and create meaning through movement. After all, as Gadd says, "Life's more fun when you move."