Climbing to National Attention

NiagaraFallsWinterNiagara Falls is one the most famous waterfalls in the world, welcoming 20 million visitors a year. In January, National Geographic’s 2014 Adventurer of the Year, Will Gadd, brought the state park once again to national attention with his historic climb.

Working with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, New York State Parks Police, a Redbull safety team and other organizations, Gadd became the first person to go up the falls. A comprehensive plan ensured the climb was safe for both Gadd and the natural environment, leaving nothing in the ice after finishing. Gadd climbed from the base of the Niagara River at Horseshoe falls to the top of Terrapin Point. This was a 140 foot or 15 story climb while 150,000 tons of water rushed by at 70mph in reach of his ice tool.

A video is available for viewers to ride along as Gadd tackles Niagara Falls and hear his thoughts and struggles. Layered ice and cold water ensured that Gadd had to work for his ‘victory.’

Through Governor Cuomo’s NY Works program, Niagara Falls is undergoing a park-wide revitalization. The program includes a $50 million commitment to revitalize the country’s oldest and most visited state park, including transformation of popular areas with new pedestrian walkways, overlook improvements, landscaping and benches. The park is also developing new recreational and educational services to engage visitors.

Read more about the climb here.

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