Pair of Ice Climbers Are First to Ascend Frozen Niagara Falls

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Internationally renowned  ice climbers Will Gadd and Sarah Hueniken take ice climbing to the next level by scaling the frozen sections of the world’s largest flowing waterfall, Niagara Falls. 

The pair became the first to ascend the world-famous falls on Tuesday, following a 30-foot-wide (9-meter) strip of rotten spray ice that formed along the left edge of Horseshoe Falls, which rises up 150 feet (46 meters) as it straddles the border between the United States and Canada.

Horseshoe Falls is the largest of Niagara’s three major sections, or cataracts, and is considered the most powerful waterfall in the world.

Gadd, a world-renowned ice climber and paraglider from Alberta, Canada, has traveled to the ends of the earth to find the world’s most challenging climbs, but Niagara Falls, one of his home country‘s most iconic landmarks, is a lifelong mission that he previously thought impossible…until now.