A professional climber has become the first person to navigate his way up Niagara Falls.

Will Gadd, who was recently named National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year, made the 43m ice climb as 136,000 tonnes of icy water flowed over the cliff next to him every minute at a speed of 62 mph.

Gadd first examined his route in the summer, but had to wait for the winter freeze to slow the water flow and provide the ice for his to climb.

However, the way the ice forms on the falls does not make for easy climbing, as it is made up of layers of ice and snow, meaning that Gadd had to stop every few metres to add protection in the form of ice screws and climbing quick draws.

The adventurer ascended the route three times, each taking around an hour, but was careful not to declare victory over the falls, saying:

“That climb beat me up. I may have reached the top, but Niagara won the war”



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