On January 27th, 2015 two ice climbing daredevils, Will Gadd and Sarah Hueniken became the first to ever climb up Niagara Falls.
The two adventurers climbed up 150 feet of icy formations, from the base of the Niagara’s Horseshoe Falls to the apex, and subsequently began a jubilant celebration of their accomplishments (as seen in the photo above).
The entire event, sponsored by Red Bull, was kept secret from the public leading up to the event.
Scaling Niagara Falls
The climb, which took place on the American side of Niagara Falls, ultimately had a hard time getting municipal approval. The application for the event was original declined, but was ultimately accepted, leading to the secret January 27th climb.
Both Gadd and Hueniken, experienced climbers, rated the difficulty of the climb a 6 out of 7. There were a few dicey moments during the ascent, including Ice Picks breaking away loose ice, forcing the climbers to alter their planned routes.
The climb was safetied and planned for over a year in advance of the event. Both climbers choose their ‘lines’ from a 30 metre wide section of frozen ice at the base of Niagara Falls.
Fallsview Guests Perplexed
Guests staying in Fallsview Rooms at the Marriott on the Falls (which is visibly in the top right hand corner of the celebration image) called down to the front desk, wondering why there was a number of people and Red Bull camera crews standing at the edge of the Falls.
We now know the answer– two daredevil climbers did what many had considered impossible; they climbed up the mighty Horseshoe Falls.
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